Five dead in Syria's Daraa in latest assassinations
Suspected assassinations and violence in Syria's restless Daraa province left five dead on Saturday, as security concerns in the region grow, The New Arab's sister publication Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported.
Unknown gunmen and members of the regime's military security forces are suspected of being behind the killings, which come a week after the regime announced the completion of its security settlement procedure in Daraa province, a local media activist told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.
Local sources claimed the regime is not interested in establishing security in the province, blaming drug dealers for the violence, with over 41 assassination attempts and 28 deaths reported in the region since 6 September, according to Daraa's Martyrs Documentation office.
"The [regime's] inspection [and security settlement] operations were aimed at collecting money and did not really aim to control the security situation," Youssef Al-Musleh, a media activist in Daraa, told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.
Unknown snipers killed a former regime security figure in Al-Shajara, West Daraa, and another member of the security forces in Al-Naima, East Daraa on Saturday, Abu Mohammed Al-Hourani, a local media activist told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.
When the regime re-took Daraa from the opposition they demanded residents hand over all weapons or pay a sum of money for each suspected rifle not handed in. Activists have such weapons did not exist and was a way of regime forces extracting money from the local population.