On May 26, the Russian Military Police arrested several thieves who were looting civilian houses in the district of Babbila south of the city of Damascus and returned electronics and fortune, which had been stolen, to their owner, according to Syrian pro-government sources.
According to reports, the thieves were wearing uniforms of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). However, a military source told South Front that SAA soldiers are not allowed to enter Babbila. This means that these thieves were likely members of some pro-government militia.
The Russian Military Police started patrolling the districts of Beit Sahm, Babbila, Sidi Miqdad and Yelda in southern Damascus on May 13 under the reconciliation agreement, which was reached on April 13.
Meanwhile, the Syrian pro-government news outlet Syrian Reports said that Syrian security forces had stormed several illegal markets in the district of Dahiyat al-Assad northeast of Damascus. According to the source, these illegal markets are known for selling fortune and electronics that have been looted from war zones.
During the security operation, Syrian security forces arrested dozens of looters and confiscated all the goods in order to return them to their owners.
Local observers believe that the upcoming weeks will witness larger security campaigns against looters who took advantage of the lack of security around Damascus city during the past seven years.