The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

To protect oil pipeline from the Syrian-Iraqi border to Homs | “Charity” recruits young people in Homs for pro-Iranian militias

SOHR sources from the city of Homs in central Syria, say that a “Charity” recruits young people from the city and residents of the city from different provinces, offering monthly salaries in return for joining the pro-Iranian militias.

According to Syrian Observatory sources, the task of the recruits is to protect and guard the Iranian oil pipeline from Iraq to Homs, where they will protect the line from the Syrian-Iraqi border to Homs province. Dozens of young people have been recruited so far, as Iranians continue exploiting the disastrous living conditions of Syrians in the Syrian regime-held areas.

SOHR sources said earlier this morning as all Syrian provinces experience catastrophic economic situation, dire living conditions, lack of job opportunities and astronomically inflated prices, Iranian-backed militias’ purchases of real estate at high prices continue throughout Syria.

Reliable sources in Aleppo city have told SOHR that Iranian-backed local and foreign militias have purchased a large number of real estate in the city’s eastern neighbourhoods after these neighbourhoods’ residents had been displaced a few years ago and regime forces captured them. These neighbourhoods included Al-Marjah, Bab Al-Hadid, Al-Mayser and the Old Aleppo neighbourhood. The Syrian Observatory would like to point out that such purchases are escalating a day after another.

In Homs, however, Syrian individuals are purchasing houses and shops for the favour of Iranian-backed militias, at orders by these militias, like in Damascus, Rif Dimashq and other Syrian provinces. These Syrian individuals get periodical tours of “real estate offices” in order to be informed of the houses and shops offered for sale. It is worth noting that these individuals pay “good” prices for the houses and shops they purchase for the Iranians’ favour.

Such purchases have sparked popular anger across Syria, especially in light of the country’s economic hardship. While civilians expressed their discontent on social media, as some comments read “We can not find food, where do they get money from?! How can they pay these large sums of money for houses and shops?! Even our real estate have owned by non-Syrians, and in the future, there probably will not be a country called Syria.”