Syrian government imposes fees on displaced people returning home to Deir al-Zor
Deir al-Zor - SMART
The Syrian government imposed fees on the displaced people returning home to their villages in the Albu Kamal area near Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.
On Tuesday, a local source told SMART that Syrian government forces members at checkpoints at the Albu Kamal city entrances forced the displaced families returning to their homes to pay sums of money in exchange for allowing them to leave the city.
A displaced man returning with his family from Albu Kamal to the village al-Majawdah said that Syrian government forces members forced him to pay 50 thousand Syrian pounds. The Syrian government forces members said that the fee was collected to cover the cost of unloading and to search the displaced people's luggage.
Days earlier, the Syrian government allowed the displaced families residing in the city of Albu Kamal to return to their villages, after it prevented them from doing that, claiming that the area was militarized.
In November 2017, the Syrian government forces, alongside Iranian, Iraqi, and Afghani militias, gained control of Albu Kamal and its surrounding areas after battles against the Islamic State.