Residents of Deir Ez-Zor complain about royalties imposed by Syrian government forces

Editing Mohamad Alaa | Translation Samra Bulbol | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: August 23, 2018, 6:31:57 PM wire MILITARYECONOMY & BUSINESS Syrian Army


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The residents of Deir Ez-Zor complained about the royalties imposed by the Syrian government forces, which are stationed on the roads between the cities of Deir Ez-Zor.

On Thursday, local sources reported that the checkpoints require a royalty between 1,500 and 4,000 Syrian pounds from the passengers on the road in Eastern Euphrates, between Deir Ez-Zor and al-Bukamal.

A day ago, the Russian forces took control over the Syrian government and supporting Iranian militia checkpoints at the entrance of Deir Ez-Zor and al-Mayadin.

The sources added that now, it takes 15 hours to drive between the two cities, whereas usually, it takes an hour and a half.

The sources reported that the militias share control over the road. There are checkpoints to the "national defense" and "tribal army" loyal to the government forces and other of the Iranian and Afghan militias in addition to some Russian presence.

The sources added that the Iranian militia controls the road between the village of al-Sayal and al-Bukamal; the National Defense and the Jaysh al-Ashaer controls the road between the village of al-Salhiah and the city of al-Ashara; whereas the Russians are located on checkpoints between al-Mayadin and Deir Ez-Zor.

The sources suspected that militias are requiring the royalties and stealing the houses because the Syrian government had not paid them for four months.

On Aug. 17, 2018, Russia took control of the river crossings between the Syrian government-controlled areas and the Syrian Democratic Forces-controlled areas.

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