Deir ez-Zor countryside | Man stands at mosque minbar in al-Busayrah city, asking people not to pay zakat to ISIS cells • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Deir ez-Zor countryside | Man stands at mosque minbar in al-Busayrah city, asking people not to pay zakat to ISIS cells

Deir ez-Zor province – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights:

SOHR activists say that a man stood at the minbar of Al-Safa mosque in the city of al-Busayrah in eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour, after the end of Friday prayers yesterday, and demanded that residents not pay money to people who ask them to pay zakat as being from the Islamic State.

The man accused the SDF of turning a blind eye to these people as if it is not their concern. This comes in light of increasing incidents of money requests from residents in al-Busayrah and surrounding areas by people claiming to be from the Islamic State.

On December 8, reliable sources informed the Syrian Observatory that ISIS cells have planted an improvised explosive device (IED) in front of the house of a civilian in the city of Al-Busayrah, east of Deir ez-Zor, after the owner refused to pay zakat for the group’s members. However, a number of young men have managed to dismantle the IED in front of the civilian’s house before it explodes.

Meanwhile, ISIS cells threatened a shopkeeper in Al-Busayrah city not to come to his shop, otherwise he would be assassinated. This comes nearly a week after his home was shot by ISIS cells to force him to pay zakat.

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