For allowing them to enter | Regime security checkpoints impose levies on fuel tanks at entrances to eastern Ghouta
Damascus Countryside Governorate – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights:
SOHR sources have reported that the regime’s security checkpoints, which are scattered at the entrances to the cities and towns of eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside, impose large levies on all fuel tanks in return for allowing them to enter eastern Ghouta from the capital Damascus.
According to Syrian Observatory sources, “Al-Nour” checkpoint, which is a joint checkpoint between “Air-Force Intelligence” and “Military Security” located on the road of Al-Meliha-eastern Ghouta on the side of the capital Damascus, imposes financial levies on all fuel tanks for allowing them to enter eastern Ghouta.
The levies range from 50,000 to 300,000 Syrian pound, depending on the size of the tanks, and sometimes the members of the checkpoint seize some quantities of fuel.
Similarly, the “Military Security” checkpoint at the entrance to the city of Ain Tarma on the side of Al-Kabas Bridge, which separates the central sector areas of eastern Ghouta and the capital Damascus, also imposes levies on all fuel tanks entering eastern Ghouta.
In February, SOHR sources said that the “Military Police” of the regime forces continued their military conscription campaign in eastern Damascus, by deploying temporary checkpoints on side and main roads, stopping passers-by and arresting those who did not perform mandatory conscription and those wanted for reserve military service.
According to Syrian Observatory sources, regime members targeted queues outside bread bakeries in the areas of Saqba, Jisrin, Hamouria, Kafr Batna and Hazza, arresting 57 young men wanted for mandatory and reserve conscription, while waiting in bread lines.