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Syrian government forces sell looted furniture from northern Hama countryside in Hama city

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Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2019/09/19 15:56

Hama - SMART

Syrian government forces and their militias brought dozens of trucks carrying looted furniture from houses in northern Hama, which the Syrian government forces recently gained controlled of, to sell them in a market in the city of Hama, Central Hama.   

Local sources reported to SMART that the Syrian government forces and militia members drove dozens of trucks that carried refrigerators, washing machines, bedroom furniture, living room furniture, and air conditioners in the city of Hama to sell these looted items in the city’s markets in the al-Baroudiah neighborhood and in the Syrian government forces-controlled cities of Mhardeh, al-Salamiyah, and Masyaf.

The sources added that new shops recently opened in the city to sell used furniture on the road to Aleppo, saying that most merchandises in these stores are lotted by the Syrian government forces from civilians’ houses in the cities of Khan Shaykhun, southern Idlib, and Morek, northern Hama.

The sources mentioned that the looted furniture in sold for low prices comparing to other used furniture, as a washing machine is sold for 20 thousand Syrian pounds (about 40$), and a bedroom furniture that consists of two beds and two closets is sold for 50 thousand SYP (about 100$), as prices vary in the shops.

According to the sources, a Syrian government forces member residing in the al-Qosour neighborhood regularly sell his house furniture and replaces it with looted items. Another member rented two houses to store looted furniture.    

Over the last week, Syrian government forces members and their allied militias transported civilians’ belongings from the cities and towns on northern Hama, which the Syrian government recently gained control of, to sell them in city and its surrounding villages.   

On Sept. 16, 2019, people and activists accused the Syrian government forces of sabotaging and looting a market in the town Qalat al-Madiq, which is considered the most important market in the al-Ghan Plain area, western Hama. Earlier, the Syrian government forces seized civilians’ belongings in the cities and towns they gained control of in northern Hama.  

Recently, the Syrian government forces gained total control on the northern Hama countryside, which includes the cities of Kafr Zayta, Morek, and the town of al-Lataminah, in addition to several villages, including Lahaya, al-Sayad, and Latmin. The Syrian government forces besieged the ninth Turkish observation outpost near Morek.