Islamists take over basic supplies in Syria’s al-Bab

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Syrian civilians gathered in the city of al-Bab to watch a public execution by IS militants. File photo

ARA News

Gaziantep, Turkey – Islamic State’s militants evacuated the granaries in the city of al-Bab in Aleppo province, in northern Syria, and transferred grains to the city of Raqqa, the main IS stronghold in northeastern Syria, locals reported on Tuesday. 

Speaking to ARA News from al-Bab, civil activist Ali Zakaria said that the IS militants brought a convoy of large trucks to al-Bab.

“The group started to empty the silos and transfer the grains into the trucks to Raqqa,” he added. “We could not ask or inquire about the reason, we were just watching them.”

In a related development, Mahmoud Alo, commander of the Liwaa al-Tawheed (linked to the Free Syrian Army “FSA”), told ARA News that the group started dismantling the contents of silos and the central automatic bakery in the city of al-Bab.

“This will cause a sharp shortage of bread in the city. Civilians there are anticipating a very hard time because of this action,” he said. 

“This way, they indirectly punish people by cutting off food supplies. Amid those violations, we are planning to form a military council in the city of al-Bab to stop this barbaric group and repel it,” Alo told ARA News.

 

Reporting by: Beri Silo 

Source: ARA News

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