Syria's president Bashar al-Assad issued on Monday a legislative decree licensing private companies for protection and guarding services, State-run news agency (SANA) said.
The decree stipulates that the Interior Ministry will be in charge of licensing these companies, giving them permission to use firearms, and approving candidates for guard work, with these companies being responsible for training their employees and equipping them, the agency reported.
The Assad regime apparently works to "legitimizing" the work of its militias like the 'Popular National Defense Army', Observers told Eqtsad.
"Arming civilians under pretext of protecting can descend the Syrian conflict into more sectarian levels,'' they added.
Analysts have noted that the decree has allowed arms and ammunition importing for these companies, which are in fact in favor of the regime, they said.
The decree also authorized the 'new militias' to arrest any individual that attempts to trespass or attack locations, individuals, items or funds under their protection, and they must report to the police as soon as they make an arrest. 'Guards' must adhere to the rules of justifiable defense established by law in their use of force, according to the Decree.
Meanwhile, Assad continued creating armed groups, at a time Syria did not need extra militarization and proliferation of arms, analysts said.
Eqtsad, Zaman Alwasl's Business Newspaer