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At least 275 people from Daraa province killed in 2020: local monitoring

Local | 2021-01-10 16:18:44
At least 275 people from Daraa province killed in 2020: local monitoring
The death toll of people killed in southern Daraa province in 2020 reached 275 and 750 more people were arrested, a local monitoring group said Saturday.

At least 26 people were killed while outside the province, most of them during clashes against the regime forces in northwestern Syria, the Daraa Martyrs Documentation Office said.

The first half of 2020 witnessed an increase in the number of victims compared to the second half, as a result of the clashes that took place in northern Syria between the regime forces and the opposition factions and the killing of many residents of Daraa by the regime forces, as the number of deaths between January and March reached 99 There were 36% of the total number of dead during the year.

The local monitor has also recorded the killing of 17 army defectors of different ranks, including 15 people under torture and in illegal detention conditions in the regime’s prisons, after surrendering themselves and joining the "settlement agreement."  

The report indicated that despite the regime forces' complete control of Daraa province, the regime forces committed a massacre during the year 2020 after artillery shelled the town of Jaleen in the western countryside of Daraa, while the report documented during the year 2020 a total of 409 attacks and assassination attempts, which resulted in the killing of 269 people. Another 102 people were wounded, while 38 people survived the assassination attempts.

The assassination attempts and operations were distributed geographically in a very different way, as the report documented 218 operations and assassination attempts in the western countryside of Daraa alone, accounting for 53.3% of the total number of operations and incidents documented, while the number reached 107 in the eastern countryside of Daraa, a rate of 26.1%, and in the city of Daraa 84%. It accounts for 20.6% of the total documented operations and incidents.


-Forced Disappearances-

Arrests, disappearances, and forced disappearances were one of the most prominent ongoing violations committed by the regime forces during the year 2020, affecting both civilians and former opposition fighters who joined the "settlement agreement", as the Detainees and Abductees Section of the Martyrs Documentation Office in Daraa documented the arrest of the regime forces 751 People during  2020, including 17 women and 5 children.

At least 201 of them were released later in the year, while 3 of them died under torture or in illegal detention conditions in the prisons of the regime forces. Note that this statistic does not include those who were arrested with the aim of driving them to compulsory and reserve services in the regime forces, as the office estimates their number to be several thousand.

Damascus has failed in southern Syria as its notorious security services continue arrests campaigns and keep tracking former rebel fighters who laid down their weapons, seeking to start a new post-war life.

Feeling insecure, has pushed dozen of former rebels to carry weapons again, according to analysts.

Last March, rare clashes erupted in the western countryside of Daraa but the regime's massive power had smashed the rebellion when dozens of tanks were stationed in the town of Sanamayn. Since then a severe siege has been imposed on the town.

Russia, the de-facto ruler of Syria, tried to engulf the tension by freeing detainees and providing promises that most of have not come true until now, activists say. 

More than 140,000 regime troops have been killed in nine years but opposition figures say the number is more.

In its turn, the regime bombing has killed about 400,000 people according to the UN and Britain-based monitoring groups. Also opposition rights groups say the number is more.

Zaman Al Wasl
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