Islamic State militants confiscate civilians’ houses in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

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One of the confiscated houses in Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria. ISIS militants wrote on the wall of the entrance "Entry banned; Confiscated by the Islamic State". Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

ERBIL – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) confiscated dozens of houses in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province, local sources reported on Saturday.

The ISIS-led Islamic Police drove dozens of Syrian families from their homes in Deir ez-Zor and confiscated their property. 

“The group has confiscated more than 30 buildings to house its foreign jihadis with their families,” local media activist Yasser al-Khalifah told ARA News on Saturday. 

This comes after ISIS lost ground to the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Hasakah province. 

“ISIS has evacuated locals from their houses to replace them with militants and their families who arrived in Deir ez-Zor after escaping Shaddadi city in Hasakah province,” al-Khalifah said. 

Syrian families who lost their houses have been transferred to villages in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, eyewitnesses told ARA News. 

In the meantime, ISIS military leadership has started arming local young men in Deir ez-Zor to join the group’s ranks in the battle against rival troops.

“Pro-ISIS Arab tribal leaders in the province have received rifles and ammunitions to distribute them to the youth in order to join the battlefront in Deir ez-Zor,” Khalifah reported.  

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef 

Source: ARA News

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