Security personnel loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stand guard at checkpoint in Damascus. File photo
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Damascus, Syria – On Thursday, Syrian security forces at checkpoints in Damascus started inspecting civilians’ identities and electronic devices, activists reported.
Pro-regime security checkpoints near Shamdin Square of Rukn al-Din district in central Damascus searched hundreds civilians on Thursday, demanding identity cards to be tested by footprint laser scanner, showing their security files.
The checkpoints’ security members were also inspecting mobile phones of passers by, checking their contacts and messages, asking them in some cases for disclosing online friends on their personal accounts of social media.
Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, media activist Suha al-Shami said that the regime-led inspection began in several neighborhoods of Damascus earlier this week, but it increased following the suicide bomb attacks hit Rukn al-Din two days ago.
“This may be another tactic by the regime’s authorities to put pressure on young people in order to join the armed forces or the so-called national defense militias,” she argued.
Al-Shami considered that the authorities and military forces “crack down on people and intimidate them”.
Reporting by: Adel Hassan
Source: ARA News