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Syrian government forces stop buses of displaced people from Daraa and arrest several passengers

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Editing: Mohammad Alhaj |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2018/08/11 14:43

Daraa - SMART

On Saturday, the Syrian government forces stopped buses carrying forcibly displaced people (FDP) from Daraa to Idlib, and arrested several passengers, accusing them of belonging to the Islamic State (IS).

Knowledgeable sources reported that the Syrian government forces stopped the FDP buses and arrested several of the FDP at a checkpoint near the town of Jabab in Daraa, Southern Syria. Activists documented the names of four arrested FDP; however, 10 FDP were arrested in total.

Sources said that the FDP buses left Daraa without being escorted by the Russian Military Police. The buses carried 250 people, including civilians and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters from the Jaysh al-Ababil and other factions from Quneitra.

The sources denied that the FDP convoy included former IS members or Hayat Tahrir al-Sham fighters, adding that the Syrian government forces continued to stop the FDP buses at the Jabab checkpoint, which is the last checkpoint before the Damascus highway.

The FDP convoy that left the city of Nawa about two weeks earlier was supposed to be the last FDP convoy to leave Southern Syria. About 10,000 people left Southern Syria and headed for the Idlib governorate in accordance with a reconciliation agreement concluded in the area in July 2018. The agreement included a ceasefire in the area, and for those who refuse to sign the agreement to be deported to Northern Syria.