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Without warning…the SDF arrest 4 activists working in civil society organizations in Al-Raqqah city

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the Syria Democratic Forces arrested 4 persons from Al-Raqqah during the recent days, of those who work in civil society organizations, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights; the activists who were arrested, work within the civil society organizations which work on the rehabilitation of infrastructure, supporting agriculture, repairing dams and supporting the educational field, in addition to media activists who also work within civil society organizations, sources from the SDF informed the Syrian Observatory that the arresting of some of them came against the backdrop of accusations against them of dealing previously with the “Islamic State” organization, while others were arrested on charge of dealing with the Turks, we in the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights call upon the SDF to release the civil activists immediately and refer the accused people to judiciary.

The SOHR published on the 3rd of August 2019, that the case of the former members and leaders of the “Islamic State” Organization who became part of the Syria Democratic Forces; is still the number one issue in the east Euphrates area, in the light of the continues silent by the Syria Democratic Forces about their practices, particularly, with the large activity of the organization’s cells in the area, where reliable sources informed the Syrian Observatory that a major corruption experienced by al-Raqqah in the construction sector of thefts and abuses and so on…, by people who used to be in the ranks of the Organization and then became prominent figures in this field, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: a former local leader of the Organization who participated in the attack against Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) and was arrested in al-Raqqah province for several months, then he was released and became the first construction man in al-Raqqah with the blessing of the Syria Democratic Forces, where he now controls the construction sector in the city and he mediated to release former fighters of the Organization to become next to him in his position, the former Amir now owns several farms in al-Salhiyyeh area and a personal escort and weapons, taking advantage of thefts and abuses in the construction field, the most recent of which was stealing more than 200 thousand tons of iron from buildings destroyed by previous military operations in al-Raqqah, and he is involved in it along with other persons, but other workers in this field were set-up and accused of stealing the iron and them they were imprisoned, amid widespread and persistent public discontent over the issue of former fighters in the ranks of the organization, where the Syrian Observatory published on the first of August 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the rise of level of displeasure among civilian and military circles; over practices of members of the Syria Democratic Forces who used to be fighters with the “Islamic State” Organization before they carry out a “settlement” and join the ranks of the Syria Democratic Forces, the self-defense, and other of the forces controlling the east Euphrates area, where reliable sources told the Syrian Observatory that the Brigade 42nd in al-Kubar town in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor witnessed purely terrorist practices by former fighters of the Organization; who are now in the ranks of self-defense now, where these members are terrorizing the new volunteers who were sent to the Brigade 42nd, by threatening to kill them and showing them videos of them carrying out slaughters and killings when they used to be in the ranks of the “Islamic State” organization as well as starving them, which led to their illness, because the person responsible for delivering food to the members in the Brigade 42nd is a former member of the Organization and he distributes food to his friends in the Organization and their families and acquaintances of him in al-Kaff town, while the leadership of the Syria Democratic Forces did not take any action towards these practices and violations, which are spreading in every place east of Euphrates due to the presence of large numbers in the ranks of Syria Democratic Forces who used to be ISIS fighters, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 26th of April 2019 that Ain Issa town northwest of al-Raqqah city, which is under the control of the Syria Democratic Forces, is witnessing increased popular discontent due to practices of the town’s “traffic police”, where reliable sources informed the Syrian Observatory that the former members of the “Islamic State” organization who were appointed by the Syria Democratic Forces within the “traffic police” in Ain Issa; have wrote more than 1200 different ticket against the residents and people of Ain Issa in 3 days, and the sources added that the former ISIS fighters are taking the “traffic police” as an excuse to intervene in everything, where they roam the streets and neighborhoods heavily armed in vehicles equipped with heavy weapons, which paralyzed the movement in the town fearing the actions of those members, the thing which was met with no reaction by the Syria Democratic Forces, and despite the widespread protests and daily complaints, the Syria Democratic Forces has not taken any action against the perpetrators of these violations, which threatens with protest against SDF in the area as is the case in towns and villages in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, where the Syrian Observatory published on the 17th of April 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that widespread public discontent prevails in Ain Issa town, which is under the control of the Syria Democratic Forces in the northwestern sector of al-Raqqah countryside, due to the practices, behaviors and violations practiced by several “traffic police” in the town, and reliable sources told the Syrian Observatory that the perpetrators of these violations are former members and Emirs of the “Islamic State” Organization, back when ISIS controlled the area, before their situations were “settled” after SDF’s control of the area, where they were turned to “traffic police”, and the same sources told the Syrian Observatory that the violations are represented by imposing bribes and royalties on cars and trucks and in particular which belong to the Kurds, not to mention the shameful acts against the pedestrians in the streets and the harassment of the citizen women, and imposing tickets as they please on the cars.

and the SOHR published on the 2nd of March 2019, that Asayish Forces and the Syria Democratic Forces continue to release tens of members of the “Islamic State” Organization, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the release of tens of people out of prisons and detention of Syria Democratic Forces, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: it rose to 283, the number of people released on Saturday, the 2nd of March 2019, of the former members and fighters of ISIS, who are present in prisons of SDF and Asayish in al-Hasakah city, Ayn Issa area, and other areas east of Euphrates, after tribal mediation to release the former fighters of ISIS who were detained in previous periods, and this release comes after other a series of other releases took place by clan mediation by Asayish of members of the Organization, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 7th of February 2019 that the Syrian Observatory received information from several reliable sources, that the raid in al-Raqqah city which used to be the main stronghold of the “Islamic State” Organization, has been taking place since the morning of Today, where about 70 people have been arrested including at least 48 who were arrested at the security forces and Syria Democratic Forces; until they were released earlier by clan mediation through the intervention of notables and clan elders, and trusted sources told the Syrian Observatory that the campaign will last for several days, and will include vast areas poof the east of Euphrates, where sources of the Syrian Observatory suggested that there are between 4000 to 5000 members in villages, towns, and cities controlled by Syria Democratic Forces, who have infiltrated earlier to these areas and formed sleeper cells, some of which follow the “Islamic State” Organization while others follow or pushed by regional parties, to spread chaos in the area and target the Syria Democratic Forces and their controlled areas, and among the targeted people there are gunmen oppose the Syria Democratic Forces who joined these cells or form cells on their own.

And the sources confirmed at that time, to the Syrian Observatory that the 6 people charged with the assassination were arrested during security operations by the Syria Democratic Forces in al-Raqqah, and they were found in possession of USD 100000$, the sources said that the money was their payment for carrying out the operation, accusing them of working for the Turkish authorities and carrying out the operation by instigation from the Turkish authorities, the sources confirmed that the release of these defendants and former ISIS members; took place after interfering from notables and elders of Arab clans, which caused an escalated resentment from the release of people how are “suspicious and accused of various charges”, amid fears of security chaos if such cases happen again, with demand that those who gave orders for the release of the 6 persons be held accountable.

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