المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Corrupt security groups | “Akid Al-Asayish” kills smuggler in Ain Issa for “not coordinating with the group”

SOHR sources reported that a civilian, working in smuggling oil, was killed by a commander of the Internal Security Forces (Asayish) in Ain Issa in northern Al-Raqqah. According to SOHR sources, an Asayish commander called “Akid” ordered his group to torture the smuggler for “not coordinating” with the group which protects smugglers, which led to his death. SOHR sources have confirmed that this incident is not the first one of its kind, as many smugglers were killed previously for the same reasons.

 

Several groups, including “Akid Al-Asayish”, make a career of protecting smuggling lines to areas under the control of Turkish-backed factions in return for getting a portion of the smuggled substances revenue.

 

These groups also confiscate trucks which take one of the smuggling roads without a pre-coordination with them and arrest drivers, in addition to other practices including setting vehicles on fire and confiscation of cargoes prepared for being smuggled.

 

On July 11, SOHR sources said that SDF military police confiscated a large flock of sheep, of some 550 sheep, while attempting to smuggle them into areas controlled by Turkish-backed factions.

 

Shepherds were grazing the cattle in areas east of the M4 highway. The cattle owned by the chief of Jiss tribe in Ain Issa.

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