Syrian government militias kidnap displaced family in Eastern Homs for ransom

Writing Mais Noor Aldeen | Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Glory Jabr | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: December 24, 2018, 2:26:00 PM wire MILITARYRELIEF & HUMANITARIAN Kidnapping

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A group of Syrian government forces kidnapped a displaced family from the al-Raqqa governorate, Northeastern Syria, while they were trying to escape from the Rukban camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border, Central Syria, to the al-Raqqa city. The group demanded a ransom.

On Sunday, a member of the Hamad al-Shukri family said that Abu Shalhoub group of the Albu Hamad militia, which is loyal to the Syrian government forces, kidnapped his mother, three brothers, and two sisters while trying to return to al-Raqqa accompanied by a smuggler through the desert road, Eastern Palmyra.

Al-Shukri added that the militia threatened to kill his family if he does not pay a ransom of one million Syrian pounds in exchange for each member of his family within a week. Al-Shukri stated that his family paid the smuggler about two million SYP to take them to their village of al-Hours before they were kidnapped.

The kidnapped family’s uncle said that he managed to reduce the ransom to 800,000 SYP per person after negotiations with Albu Hamad militia through a mediator from the latter clan. The uncle added that they have so far collected nearly three million SYP from relatives to collect the full ransom, which is 4.8 million SYP (about 10 thousand US dollars).

Earlier, Syrian government forces members kidnapped humanitarian organization members in al-Hasakah. A security officer of the Syrian government also kidnapped a girl and a young man from the city of al-Suwayda, Southern Syria, amid complaints of security absence and the spread of kidnappings.

Thousands of forcibly displaced people (FDP) in the Rukban camp near the Jordanian border suffer from lack of livelihood and deteriorating health and education situation. The FDP rely on smugglers to reach the camp or leave it to their villages through the al-Raqqa-desert or Deir al-Zor-desert roads, in return for large sums of money.

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Writing Mais Noor Aldeen | Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Glory Jabr | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: December 24, 2018, 2:26:00 PM wire MILITARYRELIEF & HUMANITARIAN Kidnapping
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