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In eastern Ghouta, rural Damascus, the people wishing to establish title to their properties are facing several challenges and are developing many concerns, represented by the possibility of being either prosecuted or arrested by the Syrian security services, which triggered a number of them to pay large sums of money in bribes to employees at governmental institutions in return for facilitating the process of establishing title. However, the majority of the people are incapable of proving their ownership of the properties they bought in the wake of the opposition armed groups’ control of the area, which lasted...
In December 2018, Syrian security services conducted several raid and arrest operations in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta, rural Damascus, during which they arrested two civilians at least and sent a number of young men to perform reserve military service, according to testimonies obtained by Syrians for Truth and Justice/STJ.  STJ interviewed several civilian residents of the city of Douma, who are now based there, in December 2018, in addition to a few of the city’s people who have been displaced to northern rural Aleppo following the Syrian regular forces’...
Several former volunteers in the Syrian (White Helmets) civil defense organization were arrested in Damascus countryside, according to witnesses. Akram al-Hajj[1], a former media official of the “White Helmets” in Ad Dumayr city, said to STJ on September 26, 2018, that the security services in the city arrested the two former volunteers Mohammed Saad Abu al-Majd on September 21, 2018, and Hussein Talaa earlier the same month. The source added that the city's air intelligence service had taken all former White Helmets volunteers to investigate them, although they had signed...