The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

To release eight shepherds | Kid-nappers demand 20,000 USDs as ransoms

Deir Ezzor province: A kidnapping gang renewed their demand of 20,000 USDs to release eight shepherds of Al-Bo Saraya tribe from Al-Enaba village in western Deir Ezzor countryside, who were kidnapped on March 3 in Al-Khasha area in Al-Masrib desert in western Deir Ezzor countryside.

Recently several groups are stopping cars carrying agricultural corps and cars transporting sheep, to take amounts of money from them under the name of “Zakat”, or what is called by ISIS as “the royal cost.”

Last week, the kidnappers sent a video tape to the family of a kidnapped child showing the child reassuring his family of his health conditions, where the kidnappers demanded ransoms to release the child. SOHR activists obtained a copy of the video tape.

On March 3, SOHR reported that unknown gunmen on motorcycles and two cars kidnapped eight shepherds, including two children, and stole nearly 200 sheep in Al-Khashah area in Al-Masrab desert in western Deir Ezzor. It is worth noting that one of the shepherds, who are from Al-Inabah village and of Al-Bosaraya tribe, was injured during the attack, while the identities of kidnappers remain unknown.