The Assad regime continues to use various means to put pressure on civilians and those who took part in the revolutionary movement in Dara’a province. Civil activists, political dissidents, and former FSA fighters are banned from disposing of their property in the province.
Local activists reported that the Assad government’s institutions had seized the property of many civilians who took part in the revolutionary movement, including former members of the local councils and relief workers.
The activists added that the Assad regime confiscated the movable and immovable property of a large number of former FSA fighters and leaders, including those who remained in the province and those who were bussed to northern Syria as part of the forced mass displacement operations.
Former FSA fighters are required to obtain security clearance before they can sell or buy real estate property and other kinds of property. The Assad regime issues such clearances only to those who joined the ranks of the Assad regime forces.
Moreover, the Assad regime continues to carry out arrests in the province, targeting mainly former rebel leaders who agreed to enter into the so-called reconciliation deals with the regime. Dozens of former FSA fighters and members of the local councils have been detained in recent weeks.
The Syrian Coalition said that the increasing pressure the Assad regime is exerting on civilians in the areas it has recaptured following brutal bombing campaigns as well as the seizure of civilians’ property clearly shows that the Assad regime, after eight years of systematic killing and destruction, maintains its criminal behavior in dealing with the Syrian people.
The Assad regime seized the property of many people in Dara’a a few weeks after its forces retook control of the province, including women, a doctor, media activists, and refugees. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)