FAC members release kidnapped man near al-Suwayda
Syria - SMART
On Monday, the Fifth Assault Corps (FAC), which was formed by Russia after reconciliations agreements, released a kidnapped man from the al-Suwayda governorate on the road between the Syrian government-controlled cities of Daraa and al-Suwayda, Southern Syria.
Local sources reported to SMART that while the FAC patrol was deployed to agricultural lands between the two cities, the patrol clashed with unknown kidnappers, and released one of the kidnapped persons. The sources added that the clashes injured a member of the kidnappers, so they fled.
The sources stated that the kidnapped man, called Marwan Abu Trabi, is from the town of Samma in the city of al-Suwayda. Marwan's family was informed to receive him, while the fate of the kidnappers was unknown.
On April 20, 2020, gunmen kidnapped a young man in the al-Suwayda governorate. In March 2020, five female children were also kidnapped for ransom in the Syrian government-controlled Daraa governorate, Southern Syria.
On March 26, 2020, two young men from the Daraa governorate disappeared in the neighboring al-Suwayda governorate, amidst suspicions that they were kidnapped.
Frequent kidnapping and theft incidents occur in Syrian government-controlled areas, amidst the spread of unregulated weapons. The people accuse gangs supported by the Syrian government security forces to be responsible for these incidents.