Six Bodies Of Pro-Regime Loyalists Found In Southern Syria

A war monitor on Friday said that six dead bodies of members of a pro-government gang were found after clashes in Syrian southern Sweida province.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the death toll has reached 23 people since the eruption of fighting on Monday between local armed residents and gangs aligned with Syrian government security forces.

The Druze-majority province of Sweida, which is located within government-held Syria, has remained mostly shielded from deadly civil war across the war-hit country since 2011.

“The killed individuals were fighters loyal to the government who had been captured by local armed groups that have been clashing with it this week,” SOHR said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the incident so far.

Local sources said that the uprising against gangs aligned with the security agencies in Sweida broke out after the illegal detention of one of the residents.

The residents expressed their frustration over arbitrary detentions, and kidnappings for ransom being carried out by government-backed forces since many years. 

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