East GhoutaJune 29, 2015http://syriadirect.org/news/syria-direct-news-update-6-29-15/Civilians in several regime-encircled East Ghouta towns took to the streets over the weekend in demonstrations calling for the end of the blockade and expressing frustrations with local rebel leadership, pro-opposition Sham News Network reported on Sunday. Demonstrators in the East Ghouta town of Misraba chanted slogans demanding the release of detainees in Jaish al-Islam custody and called for the fall of Zahran Aloush, the commander of Jaish al-Islam and leader of the local Unified Military Leadership on Sunday, in a video posted to the Syria Rebels Gathering page. Jaish al-Islam is the most powerful rebel faction in the east Damascus suburbs. “Demonstrators demanded the release of detainees in Jaish al-Islam prisons on various charges such as corruption or affiliation with [rival rebel group] Jaish al-Ummah,” Anas al-Khouli, a citizen journalist in Misraba told Syria Direct on Monday. “The chants against Zahran Aloush hold him responsible for their arrest since he makes decisions in the United [Military] Command.” The demonstrations began last Friday in Saqba, with renewed calls for the fall of the Assad regime, the breaking of the encirclement of East Ghouta, and for the opening of new fighting fronts. Protests reached Hamouriyeh and Misraba in following days, with civilians calling for a fair judiciary to hold all accountable and put an end to the issue of detainees, and for the right of freedom of expression, in a video posted by the local Saqba Coordination Council on Saturday.