Syrians report deteriorating living conditions under ISIS rule


Women obliged to wear veil under the IS rule in Syria's Raqqa. Living conditions have been deteriorating in areas under the militant group's control in northeastern Syria. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – On Thursday, the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) targeted, with artillery and mortars, the Islamic State locations in the countryside of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, locals reported.

This coincided with the U.S-led coalition’s warplanes bombarding IS-held sites in the region.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, civil rights activist Dilovan Mohammed said that the YPG targeted strongholds of the IS radical group in the western countryside of the city of Hasakah, amid reports of implementing military operations against the group near the village of Tweina (15 km west of the city of Hasakah), killing and wounding several IS insurgents and the destruction of a number of IS-manned military vehicles.

In the meantime, the joint command of the international coalition’s operations announced Thursday evening that the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes targeted IS locations in the countryside of Hasakah near an oil station. This took place among several other airstrikes by the coalition the group’s strongholds in both of Syria and Iraq.

In other developments, the civil rights activist Abdul Rahman Mustafa, based in al-Hol area, in eastern Hasakah, near the Syrian-Iraqi border, stated to ARA News that the living and economic situations in the region “are deteriorating due to new procedures imposed by the Islamic State group on residents”.

“The militants are preventing the movement of the residents between Hasakah’s countryside and the city, amid acute shortage of medical and food supplies,” Mustafa said. 

He pointed out that the people of al-Hol area suffer from bad living conditions due to their inability to obtain the basic needs as all the roads leading Hasakah are completely cut off by the IS group on the one hand, and the pro-regime military checkpoints on the other.

Mustafa added that the IS-run service administration prevents people of the region from importing goods from the Iraqi side. 

The Al-Hol area near the Syrian-Iraqi border has been witnessing constant power outage, water and mobile communications cut for months.


Reporting by: Dilshad Muhammad

Source: ARA News

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