A meeting was held in the city of Suweida between Assad army officers and representatives for the province to discuss the fate of those who have not performed military or reserve service.
A delegation of regime officers, headed by Brigadier General Bassam al-Arbeed, attended and during the meeting with the province’s notables presented a proposal to those who had not performed military service, which was that they perform their service solely within the First Corps.
The proposal requires those who perform the service to take a place in the Corps’ battles, without distinguishing between which area they are mobilized to. The First Corps is deployed in the provinces of Daraa, Quneitra, Suweida, Damascus and its countryside.
Suweida 24 noted that there had been other meetings held to determine the province’s decision on the Assad regime proposal, and noted that the regime delegation had presented incentives to all those who join its ranks which have not yet been disclosed. It is expected that new meetings will be held in this regard.
The director of the Suweida 24 Netowrk, Nour al-Radwan, said: “Suweida has seen previous attempts by the Assad regime through a security official from the Fourth Division, Yaarib Zahereddin, to bring in those who have not performed military service, but those who joined up at that time did not exceed a few dozen.”
Notably, the delegation, which participated in the negotiations with the people of Suweida was appointed directly by Maher al-Assad, Bashar al-Assad’s brother and the commander of the Fourth Division, who is considered the striking hand of the regime forces in the battles in which it enters.
The meeting comes days after the issuance of a decree to grant a “general amnesty” to those escaping military service at home and abroad.
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