Syrian government forces arrest young men in Damascus for compulsory recruitment
Damascus - SMART
On Sunday, the Syrian government forces arrested young men at temporary checkpoints in the city of Damascus, Southern Syria, for compulsory military recruitment.
A local source reported that the Syrian government forces arrested young men at temporary checkpoints in the al-Suwayqa neighborhood and transported them to the Military Intelligence Branch, which is known the Palestine Branch, to interrogate them.
The source added that usually, the Syrian government forces subsequently transport the young men to the al-Darij military barracks where they undergo training for 15 days before they join the Syrian government forces in the Hama, Latakia, and al-Hasakah governorates.
The source noted that the number of arrested men was not specified accurately as they were arrested at temporary checkpoints. Another source reported that the Syrian government forces arrested people, including elderly men over 70 years old.
Activists reported that the Syrian government forces' Military Police patrols the Jisr al-Ra'ees, al-Baramika, al-Sumaria and al-'Abaseen bus stations searching for young men wanted for recruitment, after new lists of wanted reservists were published.
The Syrian government forces regularly launch arrest campaigns, arresting young men for compulsory recruitment and others on political and military charges.