Civilians bribe loyalist forces' members to enter their houses in Albu Kamal city

Editing Mohammad Alhaj | Translation Nouha Salti | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: August 26, 2018, 11:32:02 PM wire MILITARYSOCIETY Syrian Army

Deir al-Zor - SMART

Civilians are forced to bribe loyalist forces' members to allow them to enter and check on their houses in the city of Albu Kamal in Deir al-Zor, Northeastern Syria.

Local sources reported that the civilians payed between 25,000 and 50,000 Syrian pounds as bribes to loyalist forces' members in the city to allow them to enter their houses for a few minutes and retrieve important documents.

The sources said that the loyalist forces' members escorted the civilians while they checked on their houses and prevented them from taking pictures, adding that the civilians who had to pay the bribes were the ones who fled the city to Damascus and the Syrian Democratic Forces-controlled areas.

The sources also said that the loyalist forces' members follow strict procedures before allowing civilians to check their houses in "high security" areas, which include half the city area, where the headquarters of the loyalist forces, Hezbollah and other local militias are located.

Eyewitnesses reported that the loyalist forces destroyed the clock monument built by the Islamic State (IS) in the al-Masriyah square during their control of the city.

On Nov. 21, 2017, the loyalist forces and their allied militias seized control of the city of Albu Kamal after the IS withdrew from the area.

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Editing Mohammad Alhaj | Translation Nouha Salti | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: August 26, 2018, 11:32:02 PM wire MILITARYSOCIETY Syrian Army
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