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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