Eight killed including two ISIS militants in Syria’s Daraa in week

DARAA, Syria (North Press) – Eight individuals, including two militants of the Islamic State Organization (ISIS) and a government affiliate in different areas in Daraa Governorate, south Syria, in light of a continuation of killing operations and security chaos. 

On Wednesday, local sources told North Press that the government forces handed over the body of Muhammad Rabi’ Sayel Awdat known as “Hamoda Tasil” to his family after he died in a prison under torture.

He was arrested on August 8 at a checkpoint of the government forces between two towns of Dael and Tafas in the western countryside of Daraa.

Two videos went viral on social media in which Awdat is shown admitting his affiliation with ISIS, and that the organization is responsible for the killing of a number of members of the Central Committee and former leaders of the Syrian opposition.

On the same day, residents of Tel Shihab, a town in the western countryside of Daraa, found Maher Muhammad Ruwaisi’s body at the town’s roundabout.

Ruwaisi, who comes from the village of Jabila in the western countryside of Daraa, accused of working with the Syrian government forces, according to residents.

Residents of Lojat area in the eastern countryside of Daraa found the body of 25-year-old Abdulkarim Ali Eid al-Hawasna buried under a pile of stones, according to local sources.

Al-Hawasna, who hails from the village of al-Kharsa in the northwestern countryside of Suwayda and resides in the town of Samma in the western countryside, has gone missing for about eight months.

On Tuesday, Daraa witnessed three crimes against three civilians, one of whom was a prominent.

Local sources told North Press that Fadi Asmi sustained injuries in a shooting by unidentified armed men in the city center of Dael; he succumbed to his injuries before reaching Tafas National Hospital.

Asmi is a member of the Central Committee and a leader in Daraa.

On August 16, Family of media activist Ahmad Tayseer al-Khatib received the news of the death of their son inside Saydnaya Military Prison of the Syrian government forces following three years after his arrest.

Al-Khatib, who hails from the town of al-Jeezah in the eastern countryside of Daraa, lost his life due to bad care.

On the same day, the young man Muhammad Ahmad al-Shaqran was shot dead by unknown attackers near the village of al-Oja in the western countryside of Daraa, eyewitnesses told North Press.

Al-Shaqran, who comes from Tel Shihab, was a civilian, and he had not joined any military or security formations, according to the eyewitnesses.

On August 15, local sources told North Press, “Muhammad Ahmad al-Hallaq, nicknamed Omar al-Jababi, 36, was found killed near al-Shummari Refinery north of the town in the town of Mezeirib, west of Daraa.” 

Al-Hallaq, who comes from the city of Jabab in the north of Daraa, was formerly a lieutenant within the Syrian government forces, and joined the opposition and then ISIS in the Yarmouk valley in 2016. 

On Sunday, local sources told North Press that Muhammad Qasem Shehadat succumbed to his injuries he sustained on August 4 in clashes with drug traders in the city of al-Sanamayn in the northern countryside of Daraa.

Reporting by Ihsan Muhammad