Daraa demonstrators condemn bombardment on Idlib, call for release of detainees

Dozens of Syrian demonstrators took to the streets on Monday (December 23) in Daraa to demand freedom for Syrian detainees in Assad detention centers and to condemn Russian-Assad bombardment on Idlib province, local media reported.

Peaceful protesters hit the streets in Tafas town on Monday night, showing solidarity with their fellow citizens in Idlib and calling for the release the detainees in Assad regime prisons, chanting “free the detainees,” Horan Free League reported.

Last month, protesters tore the pictures and flags of Assad regime at Tel Shehab Roundabout and Kharab al-Shahim, rejecting setting up these flags in the squares of the towns, threatening of many escalating steps to take place if Assad militiamen don't release the detainees.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) estimates that 1.2 million Syrian citizens have been arrested and detained at some point since the start of the uprising in March 2011. At least 130,000 are still detained or forcibly disappeared by the Assad regime.

The United States in September told UN Security Council that 128,000 people face arbitrary detention by the Assad regime and called for their release.

Assad militiamen re-occupied Darra and its countryside without fighting after some factions in the Free Syrian Army handed over large swaths of the area in what was termed "reconciliation" with the regime in 2018.

Assad-Russian warplanes have committed dozens of massacres in Idlib and Hama countryside since they launched their bombing campaign on the 30th of April, largely violating the de-escalation zone deal reached between Russia and Turkey.

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