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Since July 2018, when the Syrian regular forces became in control of the area, Daraa province has been witnessing several security-related detours, represented by the numerous assassinations, which started to markedly increase at the onset of 2019, targeting civilian and military personalities affiliated with the Syrian government while three anti-government armed movements/brigades were founded, on top of which is the Popular Resistance that adopted a number of military operations that hit military posts and checkpoints. In addition to this, former commanders of the armed opposition groups were targeted by improvised explosive devices, given that they joined the settlement...
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,...
After a relative decrease, abductions for ransom are firmly back in al-Sweida province, as 21 persons kidnapped between October 1 and November 13, 2018, and only five of whom returned home while the other 16 remained unaccounted for, as reported by local activists. Perpetrators, who are known for the most part, are often not held accountable- by relevant government authorities- since the abductees’ families do not advance claims for fear of possible reprisal acts in response. 12 of the 21 abductees are from al-Sweida, including...