Islamists target youth in Syria’s Hasakah

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Militants of the Islamic State targeting Bakara area in the countryside of Hasakah. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – Subsequent to the Syrian regime’s announcement of recalling civilians to the army reserve service, militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) started to tear apart the military service recognition books for all young men in the IS-held areas in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, local sources reported. 

The IS group believes that this action will prevent the regime from recalling people to reserve service, Mohammed Younis from the IS-held town of Shaddadi (70 km south of Hasakah) told ARA News.

“On the other hand, when we tell the regime’s military members on checkpoints that the IS militants tore apart our books, they start to scold us,” Younis added.

“In our review of recruiting centers of the government to get a replacement for the torn books, they ask us to pay $ 5,000 Syrian pounds fine.”

Taha Awad, 22, told ARA News in Hasakah that the encroachments by the IS radicals against civilians “has become unbearable, especially for youth and students”.

“We (students) cannot avoid checkpoints held by IS militants when going to school from the countryside to the city of Hasakah,” Awad said. 

K. Jumaa, a student of al-Furat University in Hasakah, told ARA News that the IS extremists are tearing students’ IDs.  

“This obliges people to go back to governmental departments and get new papers, which is quite costly and raises the suspicions of the authorities,” Jumaa said.

“The IS extremists seek to end education in these regions, as the group tends to oblige the youth and students to join its ranks,” he said. “Education is a main enemy to this terrorist group.” 

According to local reports, the Islamic State’s militant fighters control nearly 60% of the countryside of Hasakah province in northeastern Syria.

 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho  

Source: ARA News

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