The Assad regime forces have resumed mass arrests in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, especially in the town of Al-Muleiha in the southern part of the Damascus suburb. The arrests mainly targeted family members and relatives of former relief workers and volunteers in civil society organizations.
The Assad regime’s security services earlier detained dozens of former members of local councils, civil society organizations, and medical workers, including those who reconciled with the regime under the threat of forced displacement.
The Assad regime forces carried out similar arrests in Saqba, Harasta, Shifuniya, Muleiha, Hammouriya, Zamlakah, Arbeen, Jisreen, Hizzah, and Ayn Tarma. The arrests took place in raids on civilian homes and at regime checkpoints in these towns.
The Assad regime’s forces continue to round up civilians and former FSA fighters in the areas that regime forces recaptured through forced settlement agreements. Russia has so far failed to deliver on the commitments it made to compel the regime to abide by these agreements.
The Syrian Coalition earlier said that these arrests exposed the falsity of the Russian claims of giving guarantees to former regime opponents as these guarantees proved to be empty and worthless.
The Coalition said that these arrests proved that Russia did not have the ability to rein in the actions of the Assad regime and its allied foreign militias as well as exposed the dark side of the Russia role in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)