Druze spiritual presidency says that Syrian government does not protect civilians
Al-Suwayda - SMART
On Thursday, the spiritual presidency of the Druze sect said that the Syrian government does not protect civilians, stating that the proportion of hungry people reached a high level in the druze-predominantly governorate of Suwayda, which is controlled by the Syrian government, Southern Syria.
In a statement, the spiritual presidency said that the Syrian government does not fulfill its duties to protect civilians, denying that some of al-Suwayda’s people protect those responsible for killings, kidnappings and thefts. The spiritual presidency also demanded those "honorable in the governorate" to put an end to such operations and who stands behind them.
The statement added that the proportion of hungry people in the governorate has reached a very high level. The statement noted that the spiritual presidency rejects what it described as "fraud" practiced on citizens through the failure to control the market and high prices.
On Oct. 8, 2019, the Syrian government forces released a political activist in al-Suwayda from one of their prisons after the Rijal al-Karamah Movement in the governorate intervened. They also released another detainee in the governorate on July 28, 2019.
Kidnappings and killings for theft repeatedly take place in al-Suwayda. People found the body of a man stabbed to death by a knife near the city of al-Suwayda on Nov. 25, 2019.