Moscow Promises to Crack Hard on Syrian Regime Forces Involved in Looting in South Damascus

Published May 28th, 2018 - 12:00 GMT
A military vehicle carrying members of the Russian Military Police is parked on the highway extending from Harasta in Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus to the northern part of Syria, on May 15, 2018. (AFP / LOUAI BESHARA)
A military vehicle carrying members of the Russian Military Police is parked on the highway extending from Harasta in Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus to the northern part of Syria, on May 15, 2018. (AFP / LOUAI BESHARA)
Moscow has vowed to deal forcefully with any violations by the Syrian regime forces “in areas liberated with the participation of Russian forces.”
 
Hmeimim military base said on its Facebook page on Sunday that the Russian police in the south of Damascus “managed to arrest a number of members of the Syrian regime forces after trying to loot and steal civilian properties.”
 
“Russian forces certainly do not allow violations in the liberated areas, and the Russian police are committed to restoring security to areas south of Damascus. Any rebelling individuals… will be dealt with force in the areas where they are being held,” it added.
 
In response, proponents of the Syrian regime accused Moscow of “generating terrorism” in Syria and “insulting the Syrian military uniform”.
 
A person, who identified himself as First Lieutenant Hayyan Lohu of the Syrian regime forces, accused the Russian side of “generating terrorism” and seeking to win the opposition support for the Russian presence.
 
In the Syrian Badiah, ISIS intensified its attacks on the gathering points and positions of regime forces and their allies, leaving dozens, including Russian fighters, dead.

The deadliest attack occurred last Wednesday in the province of Deir Ezzor, with the killing of 35 fighters of the regime forces and loyalists, including nine Russian fighters, according to information published by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on Sunday.
 
In the past few days, social networking sites have been flooded with images of regime forces looting and stealing houses in the neighborhoods they re-captured south of Damascus - in al-Hajar al-Aswad and the Yarmouk refugee camp -and other areas.
 
 
This article has been adapted from its original source.

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