Civilians organize sit-in in al-Suwayda to demand release of women kidnapped by IS

اعداد أيهم ناصيف | تحرير عبيدة النبواني | ترجمة غلوري جابر | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 3 أكتوبر، 2018 7:24:22 م خبر عسكرياجتماعي مجتمع أهلي

Al-Suwayda - SMART

On Wednesday, dozens of civilians held a sit-in in front of the governorate building in the city of al-Suwayda, Southern Syria. The protesters called for the immediate release of children and women kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) after IS executed one of them yesterday.

A local source told SMART that the families of those kidnapped and a number of civilians set up a tent in front of the entrance to the building, calling for an open sit-in until the release of the kidnapped children and women.

The protesters held the sit-in after the Syrian government sent Druze leaders to ask the protesters to fight the IS in the al-Safa hills in Eastern al-Suwayda. The protesters denied the request and expelled the Druze leaders.

The protesters raised pictures of those kidnapped and banners calling for their safe return. Some of the protesters wrote on the banners, "An open sit-in until the return of the soul," "Politics cannot help us find dignity" and "The kidnapped women are our dignity."

Activists published a statement by the families of those kidnapped from the al-Shabki village, Eastern al-Suwayda. The statement said, "We are waiting for you in the squares of dignity, in the square of Sultan al-Atrash, to ask the decision-makers, the country's officials, and the Druze leaders to return our children and women from the hands of criminality."

Earlier on Wednesday, locals, Druze leaders, and armed fighters from local opposition factions blocked all roads leading to the al-Suwayda city center. They headed for the governorate council building, sat down on the building's stairs, and prevented employees from entering. They also prevented cars from parking near the building.

After the IS announced the execution of one of the kidnapped women, tension rose in the city, and people fired guns into the air in an expression of anger. The IS executed the woman after Druze leaders withdrew from the negotiations for the kidnapped people.

On July 25, 2018, the IS attacked the city of al-Suwayda and villages in its eastern countryside, killing and wounding hundreds of people and kidnapping a number of women in the absence of the Syrian government forces from the region.

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اعداد أيهم ناصيف | تحرير عبيدة النبواني | ترجمة غلوري جابر | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 3 أكتوبر، 2018 7:24:22 م خبر عسكرياجتماعي مجتمع أهلي
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قصف ليلي متبادل بين الحر والنظام شمال حلب
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