The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Under pretext of “protecting their land” | “Liwa Fatemiyoun” forces farmers in Deir Ezzor to pay share of wheat and barley harvest

Deir Ezzor province: Reliable sources have told SOHR that the Iranian-backed Afghani militia of “Fatemiyoun” has informed, via the regime’s agricultural association, the owners of farmlands in villages and towns in the area between al-Mayadeen city and Subaykhan town in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, which are under the control of regime forces and Iranian-backed militias, that they have to give the militia a share of 10% of the wheat and barley harvest under the pretext of “protecting their farmlands and facilitating their work”. “Liwa Fatemiyoun” has threatened the farmlands’ owners to confiscate all of their wheat and barley harvest if they refused to pay the recently-imposed levy. Moreover, “Liwa Fatemiyoun” has appointed supervisors to count the agriculture crops to make sure that the Iranian-backed militia gets the correct share of the harvest.


On May 20, reliable sources in al-Maydeen city in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor told the Syrian Observatory that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) turned the mosque in al-Tamou neighbourhood into a military headquarters. It is worth noting that IRGC had turned this mosque into a “hosayniya”, a congregation hall for Twelver Shia Muslim commemoration ceremonies, for their proxy militiamen, where the Shiite Azan was used and Shiite ritual was practiced, as SOHR revealed at that time.


According to SOHR sources, the Iranian-backed militias forewent the mosque and turned it into a military headquarters after they had accomplished the construction of new mosque and “hosayniya” in the same neighbourhood by the Iranian organization of “Jehad al-Benaa”.