Government forces arrest students in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – On Sunday, the Military Police of the Syrian government forces arrested dozens of students before they sat for exams, in the vicinity of the town of al-Tebni in the western countryside of Deir ez-Zor, in order to force them to conscription.

Earlier today, the preparatory certificate examinations started, and tomorrow the high school examinations start, and the arrested students are of the two certificates, according to local sources.      

The detainees come from the countryside of Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa, which is under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and the operation took place by erecting new security checkpoints.

“The Military Police had deployed roadblocks near the schools with the aim of arresting the youth,” the young Abdul-Razzaq al-Abdullah, from the town of al-Tebni, said.  

He pointed out that the detainees were arrested for not renewing the expired school postponements since last year.

Last year, the exam card was sufficient to bypass the security checkpoints, but this year, the Military Police demanded that school postponements be shown, according to the students’ families.

Reporting by Ahmad al-Mousa