Taking advantage of fuel price differences | Diesel smuggling operations increase between SDF-held areas and "Peace Spring" areas, and "Al-Sultan Murad" imposes levy on passing vehicles • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Taking advantage of fuel price differences | Diesel smuggling operations increase between SDF-held areas and “Peace Spring” areas, and “Al-Sultan Murad” imposes levy on passing vehicles

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored an increase in diesel smuggling operations to the “Peace Spring” areas, which are under the control of Turkish-backed factions, due to the large difference in fuel prices between the SDF-held areas and the areas held by Turkish-backed factions.

According to Observatory sources, diesel tanks take a road between the town of Tal Tamer and the city of Ain Issa, unloading their cargo in small cars with a capacity of about 12 barrels, in a demilitarized zone near the Turkish base between the villages of Alia and Mabrouka on the Aleppo-Hasaka international road.

Small cars loaded with diesel head to Ras al-Ain countryside, entering the areas held by Turkish-backed factions, passing through a security checkpoint belonging to “Al-Sultan Murad division”, about 10 km south-west of the city. The checkpoint allowes the cars to pass for more than 25,000 Syrian pounds per car, as well as insulting and controlling drivers.

On July 14, SOHR sources reported that a civilian, working in smuggling oil, was killed by members 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.

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