Walid Al Nofal is a journalist with Syria Direct originally from Daraa province in southern Syria. He worked as a field reporter shortly after the Syrian revolution began in 2011 until he moved to Jordan in 2013. Today, Walid’s work focuses on documenting humanitarian violations committed by various actors in the Syrian conflict.
Internal clashes and uncontrolled weapons have killed and injured dozens of civilians in parts of northern Syria held by the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army since the beginning of the year, with at least 24 incidents recorded.
The release of a former regime soldier accused of abuses against civilians sparked protests in northwestern Syria this week and pointed to “organized corruption” within opposition military and security institutions.
Since Bashar al-Assad issued an amnesty for terrorism charges on April 30, more than 200 detainees have been released. Hundreds of Syrians gathered in Damascus and elsewhere this week, hoping their loved ones are next.
Following months of investigation into accusations of abuses and violations by Abu Amsha—a Turkish-backed opposition commander—an investigative committee recommended he be dismissed. Local faction leaders agreed. Then, nothing happened.