The Assad regime forces launched an arrest campaign against women in the town of Kafarbatna in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta in the past two days, local news networks reported.
Regime forces arrested six women for communicating with relatives who were previously forced to move to northern Syria.
The campaign came after the Assad regime detained 80 young men in the town of Douma in May, targeting young men who were born between 1990-1999. Activists said that the arrests were carried out to force the detainees to perform military service.
The Syrian Coalition earlier warned of the grim fate facing civilians in eastern Ghouta after it fell to regime forces in the spring of 2018. It urged the international community to provide them with protection and prevent any crimes against them.
According to human rights organizations, civilians in eastern Ghouta were subjected to large-scale, horrible war crimes. Many of its residents were forced to leave their homes after years of brutal bombardment, siege and starvation as well as the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons, which killed and wounded hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children and women.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights last month revealed evidence of the Assad regime’s responsibility for the April 7 chemical attack in the town of Douma. The Network pointed out that the attack aimed to put pressure on residents of Duma to bow to Russia’s conditions for surrender or leave the area. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)