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Kidnappings and mutual-kidnappings among population of both provinces Daraa and as-Sweida returned to the front once again, according to STJ's researchers who reported that some of these incidents were to get ransom and others were as reaction to previous abductions and robberies from that party or another. The researchers also reported that kidnappers started to use the social media to lure the victims. Only in  May 2018, about 27 kidnapping cases recorded in as-Sweida province and more than 10 cases in Daraa province. In addition, the field researcher of STJ confirmed the kidnapping of...
Having taken control over Yarmouk camp-southern Damascus, following an evacuation deal with ISIL, Syrian regular forces arrested at least 20 people, as part of a security campaign targeting scores of residents in the camp, on May 21, 2018, according to local sources. The media activist "Tariq Mansour", from Yarmouk camp, who was recently displaced to northern Aleppo countryside, said in an interview with STJ, on May 25, 2018, that members of the Regime forces arrested 20 civilians, including a woman, for refusing to leave Yarmouk camp on 23 May. They were gathered later...
Preface: The Syrian conflict just entered its eight year, and no progress has been made to find a political solution to it. Two peace talks are ongoing, conducted by the United Nations (UN) and Russia respectively, with little to no success. The latest round of the UN-sponsored talks, held in Vienna in January 2018, revealed the unwillingness of the Syrian regime to make any concession to end the conflict,[1] while the Sochi talks, sponsored by Syria’s ally Russia, do little to encourage President Assad to compromise.[2] Eventually, these negotiations have...