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The Syrian authorities are forcing refugees returning from Jordan to Daraa province by land through the Nassib/Jaber border crossing to refer to the security services in the province. The returnees are also blackmailed, as they are coerced to pay money as a bribe in return for allowing them to admit the luggage they brought with them from Jordan, according to testimonies obtained by Syrians for Truth and Justice/STJ. According to STJ’s field researcher in Daraa province, the people who migrated from the province are surging to the Nassib/Jaber border crossing on a daily basis,...
Introduction Drug abuse[1] increased markedly in the rebel-held Hama and Idlib countryside[2], especially among children and youths between 16 and 30, due to insecurity[3] and spread of unlicensed pharmacies. Numbers of drug users estimated at 200.000 persons in Idlib alone while in Hama countryside 20% of children and youths are addicts, with a single ill-equipped drug treatment center in the area, doctors and eyewitnesses reported. Armed opposition groups controlling the countryside of Hama and Idlib started taking...
Hundreds of Homs University students, from northern rural Homs, are facing the risk of being sent to perform compulsory military service due to the military recruitment department’s refusal to grant them deferral documents though they have officially returned to the colleges they left in the past years of conflict. This took place after the students conducted a reconciliation/settlement deal, one of the terms of which provide for giving them a six-month-respite – starting from May 2018- to regularize their legal status and obtain the documents needed to prevent their recruitment, knowing that the duration is to end...