Violent night in As-Suwayda hours after the killing of a protester

Protesters throw security reports from the al-Ba'ath party branch in the center of As-Suwayda onto the city streets - February 28, 2024 (Enab Baladi)

Protesters throw security reports from the al-Ba'ath party branch in the center of As-Suwayda onto the city streets - February 28, 2024 (Enab Baladi)


Unidentified assailants, through a series of simultaneous attacks with rocket-propelled grenades and bursts of gunfire, targeted security headquarters, intelligence centers, an army site, and the headquarters of al-Ba’ath party branch in the city of As-Suwayda, hours after the killing of a protester by the Syrian regime’s security forces.

Suwayda 24, a local media outlet specializing in covering the news of the governorate, published on Wednesday evening, February 28, a video recording it said was from the attacks that targeted the security headquarters affiliated with the Syrian regime in the city.

It added that one of the attacks targeted Regiment 44 belonging to the regime’s army, between the city of As-Suwayda and the town of Qanawat, where an explosion echoed in the area resulting from targeting the site with a rocket-propelled grenade, without knowing the executing party.

The al-Raased page, specializing in covering the news of As-Suwayda governorate, published a video recording capturing the sounds of gunfire and shelling in the city of As-Suwayda on Wednesday evening.

In a separate post, it added that gunfire was heard from several points, including the State Security branch and the vicinity of the al-Ba’ath party branch in As-Suwayda, where the sound of bombs exploding at both points was recorded, in addition to bursts of gunfire in other areas.

Al-Raased quoted an unnamed security source as saying that the members of the security branches received instructions not to respond and hide, which as a result led to no injuries occurring on either side.

The page also published photos showing damages to civilians’ properties during the attacks carried out by unknown attackers on security headquarters.

Suwayda 24 also published photos showing a rocket-propelled grenade piercing the wall of a residential apartment in the city of As-Suwayda, resulting in severe damage inside, near the April 7th hall, where the protester was killed by regime forces on Wednesday.

Yesterday, Wednesday, a civilian died following wounds sustained by the gunfire of the Syrian regime forces in the city of As-Suwayda, southern Syria, during his participation in a demonstration opposing the Syrian regime, near the security settlement center in the heart of the city.

Suwayda 24 said that the civilian Jawad al-Barouki died from wounds resulting from the Syrian security forces’ gunfire to disperse a demonstration in front of the settlement center (April 7th hall) in the city of As-Suwayda.

It also published a video recording showing the moment the civilian was shot during the demonstration witnessed by the city yesterday.

Meanwhile, the spiritual leader of the Druze monotheist community, Sheikh Hikmat al-Hajri, during a meeting with a crowd of protesters, said that Jawad al-Barouki is “a martyr of duty”, describing his killers as “hands of treachery”, and stressed the importance of maintaining the peaceful course of the protests.


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