Despite civil codes introduced in the past years, Syria maintains a dual system of sharia and civil courts.According to the International Religious Freedom Report, the government of Syria is increasingly targeting members of faith groups it deemed a threat.The Ismailis of Syria, numbering about 200,000 or 1% percent of the population, are predominantly Nizaris.Originally clustered in Latakia Governorate, the majority of Syrian Ismailis have mainly resettled south of Salamiyah.The Alawis, numbering about 2,350,562 or 11% of the population of Syria, constitute Syria's largest religious minority.
See Lebanese people in Syria Ismailis (Seveners) are divided into two major groups, the Mustaalis and the Nizaris.
For centuries, the Alawis constituted Syria's most repressed and exploited minority.
Most worked as indentured servants and tenant farmers or sharecroppers for Sunni landowners.
Some estimates that in Damascus remained fewer than 100 Jewish people.
But there are some others also in the Aleppo area, as are the Yazidis, some of whom inhabit the Jabal Sam'an and about half of whom live in the vicinity of Amuda in the Al-Jazira.