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Palestinians in Syria Raise Concerns over Forced Military Conscription

Published : 27-06-2019

Palestinians in Syria Raise Concerns over Forced Military Conscription

A state of panic has overwhelmed Palestinian refugees in Daraa, south of Syria, after the Syrian government forces tightened military grip around the city’s alleyways in an attempt to hunt down youths for conscription.

A series of checkpoints has been pitched to chase down activists and conscripts. Young men aged between 18 and 42 have been arrested and forced to join the government military.

Those who have not yet volunteered for military service have been asked to jot down a note of commitment to turn themselves in to the recruitment pision within a week’s time. Those who do not follow such instructions risk to get arrested and forced to join the government army against their will.

Scores of Palestinian refugees were killed as they were placed at the forefront of pro-government battles in northern Syria. Also, over recent years, the Syrian government forces stepped up crackdowns and abduction sweeps against former opposition affiliates who signed reconciliation deals with the incumbent regime, forcing them to fight alongside the government forces in northern Syria.

According to informed sources, a number of Palestinian recruits have been summoned to questioning by government officers and subjected to psycho-physical torture to force confession.

The recruits also said they have been forced to carry out exhausting personal chores for government officers against their will and under threat of punishment. Even those who have had their security files worked out have been involved in forced labor.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8824

A state of panic has overwhelmed Palestinian refugees in Daraa, south of Syria, after the Syrian government forces tightened military grip around the city’s alleyways in an attempt to hunt down youths for conscription.

A series of checkpoints has been pitched to chase down activists and conscripts. Young men aged between 18 and 42 have been arrested and forced to join the government military.

Those who have not yet volunteered for military service have been asked to jot down a note of commitment to turn themselves in to the recruitment pision within a week’s time. Those who do not follow such instructions risk to get arrested and forced to join the government army against their will.

Scores of Palestinian refugees were killed as they were placed at the forefront of pro-government battles in northern Syria. Also, over recent years, the Syrian government forces stepped up crackdowns and abduction sweeps against former opposition affiliates who signed reconciliation deals with the incumbent regime, forcing them to fight alongside the government forces in northern Syria.

According to informed sources, a number of Palestinian recruits have been summoned to questioning by government officers and subjected to psycho-physical torture to force confession.

The recruits also said they have been forced to carry out exhausting personal chores for government officers against their will and under threat of punishment. Even those who have had their security files worked out have been involved in forced labor.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8824