Sheikh al-Karama forces open fire at governorate building in al-Suwayda, Southern Syria

تحرير محمد علاء | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة فرح ناصيف 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 8 أكتوبر، 2018 1:27:12 م خبر عسكرياجتماعي تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية

Al-Suwayda - SMART

On Monday, a local faction opened fire at the governorate building in the city of al-Suwayda, Southern Syria. The faction opened fire in response to the Syrian government's indifference to the issue of the women kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS).

Local sources reported that shooters from the Sheikh al-Karama forces opened fire at the building, breaking some of its windows.

The Sheikh al-Karama forces defected from the Rijal al-Karama movement due to internal disagreements. In late March 2018, the Sheikh al-Karama forces appeared in al-Suwayda after they assassinated a drug dealer, who said that he admitted to killing the Rijal al-Karama  commander Wahid al-Bal'ous along with dozens of fighters and civilians in September 2015. The faction includes two of al-Bal'ous' sons.

Protesters attempted to prevent the shooters from opening fire, but they failed and ended their sit-in after the shooting. Druze leaders loyal to the Syrian government intervened and promised the protesters to work on releasing the kidnapped women.

The Sheikh al-Karama forces posted a statement on their Facebook saying that two undisciplined fighters opened fire after a disagreement about ending the protest. They hold the Syrian government responsible for the shooting because of the Syrian government's lack of action towards the kidnapped women's case.

Local activists reported the Rijal-al-Karama as denying responsibility for the shooting. The Rijal al-Karama noted that the perpetrators have nothing to do with the Rijal al-Karama faction.

Other local sources reported on social media that fighters belonging to the Sheikh al-Karama forces blocked a road in al-Suwayda. The sources reported nothing about reopening the road.

The Rijal al-Karama (Men of Dignity) is an anti-Syrian government movement formed in 2012 in the predominantly Druze governorate of al-Suwayda in Southern Syria. The movement believes in defending one's local area as opposed to being conscripted into an army to fight in a place far away from home. The movement expelled the Islamic State and the al-Nusra Front from al-Suwayda.

On Tuesday, tension rose in al-Suwayda amid shootings after the IS executed one of the kidnapped women. 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 women in the absence of the Syrian government forces from the region.

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