Syria Media Roundup – June 24 to 30, 2019

In this Media Roundup, we collect local news from Syria, which is published mainly in Arabic and Kurdish media, weekly. Our aim is to make this news accessible to a broader readership. The sources come from news channels that we consider the most trustworthy, though we cannot guarantee absolute reliability. The focus is on areas where mainly ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities live, such as ʿAfrin, Al-Qamishli and As-Suwayda.

Forced Recruitment by PYD

On June 24, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrested five young men at the checkpoint Kahit in the district Al-Karama of Raqqah province (SMART News). Furthermore, seventeen young men were forcibly recruited in the villages of Skeiro and Al-Farisa, north of Ar-Raqqah (SMART News, June 25, 2019). On June 28, the SDF arrested and forcibly recruited fifteen youths at a checkpoint near the village of Al-Kulaib, east of Ar-Raqqah (SMART News).

On June 24, 2019, the Australian authorities announced that eight orphans of ISIS fighters with Australian nationality had been given in their custody. The children had been in camps in north-eastern Syria (Rudaw, SMART News). In addition, one ISIS-member with Italian citizenship was handed over by the SDF to Italian authorities (SMART News, June 29, 2019).

ʿAfrin

The SDF shelled a military base of the Turkish army in the village of Kimar in ʿAfrin. The attack killed one Turkish soldier and injured three others (SMART News, June 26, 2019).

On June 23, 2019, the body of Sharaf Al-Din Sido was found in the village of Kastal Jendo in ʿAfrin’s sub-district Shara. It showed signs of severe torture. Al-Din Sido had been abducted on May 13, 2019. His kidnappers had demanded a ransom for his release (the Syrian Observatory, ARK News).

On June 29, 2019, gunmen of the armed faction the Levant Front arrested thirty-eight civilians, including elderly men and women, from villages of the sub-district Maabatli. The reason given for the arrest was the alleged participation of the arrested in the raid of a checkpoint (ARK News, June 30, 2019).

As-Suwayda

On June 27, 2019, a young man was killed and two others were wounded by unknown gunmen in the town of Orman, southeast of As-Suwayda (SMART News).