Crime in Syria
Syria’s crime rate is extremely low, according to all sources, including the (US) Overseas Security Advisory Council. However, crime rates seem to be on the rise, partly due to poverty, which has increased following the recurrent droughts (IRIN). Still, crime rates are much lower than in industrialized countries.
Prominent Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyeh was killed by a car bomb in Syria in 2008. Israel is suspected of being behind the attack. The high ranking Syrian officer and Bashar al-Assad’s right hand on security, Muhammad Suleiman, was killed by a sniper in the coastal city of Tartus in August 2008.
Violent clashes between protesters and security forces have recently shaken the country.