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IS tightens security and arrests people in Internet shops in Deir al-Zor

Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2018/09/20 12:11

Deir al-Zor - SMART

The Islamic State (IS) has recently tightened security and arrested people in the Internet shops in the its-controlled areas in Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, without clarifying the charges against them.

Local sources told SMART that the area contains six Internet shops, all affiliated to the IS and run by civilians known for their support for the IS and their direct relations with IS security officials.

The sources added that in the recent ten days, the IS arrested about five civilians who always visit these shops, without clarifying the charges against them. The sources stated that the IS security members enter the cafes and take the person required with the device that he works on, without giving any information.

The residents stated that the owners of the Internet shops communicate with the IS security members directly when doubt about the behavior of any of their customers. The residents also stated that the arrests were concentrated in the towns of al-Sousse and al-Shafaa in the city of Albukamal, (120 kilometers southeast of Deir al-Zor).

On the security measures, the residents said that the owners of the Internet shops do not allow anyone to use the Internet except after presenting a document proving his identity, writing the address of his residence and the nearest known landmark in his area.

Earlier, the IS issued a decision to close all Internet shops in the villages of the western countryside of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, during its control. Is also closed Internet shops in the countryside of Deir al-Zor under the pretext of that their customers violate legitimate rights.