Syrian security services arrested at least 24 people, including 12 women, in the capital and Eastern Ghouta suburbs during the last week, local activists said.
Activist Bara’a Mohamed told Zaman al-Wasl that 12 women from the capital and its suburbs were arrested by the State Intelligence over making phone calls with relatives and husbands in the rebel-held northern Syria.
According to the International Conscience Movement, an NGO, more than 13,500 women have been jailed since the Syrian conflict began, while more than 7,000 women remain in detention, where they are subjected to torture, rape and sexual violence.
About 3000 rebels have been evacuated from Eastern Ghouta suburbs to northern Syria over reconciliation deal reached two years ago. But relatives who refused to leave are still under severe scrutiny.
Syrian opposition sources said that more than 500,000 prisoners remain inside the prisons of the Syrian regime.
The fall of Eastern Ghouta in April 2018 was achieved in a brutal fashion and had changed the course of the war.
More than 1,700 civilians were reportedly killed in the eight-week offensive.
The Eastern Ghouta was the scene of the first major protests in the capital against the rule of Bashar al-Assad.
Source: Zaman Al-Wasl.