The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

48 hours after Al-Hemaydiyah explosion | Iranian-backed militias impose more security procedures in Deir Ezzor city and raise salaries of militiamen

Deir Ezzor province: SOHR sources have reported that Iranian-backed militias imposed more strict security procedures in their posts in Deir Ezzor city, following the explosion, which took place in a weapons and ammunitions warehouse affiliated to those militias in Al-Hemaydiyah neighbourhood in the city on Wednesday.


According to SOHR sources, Iranian-backed militias increased the number of local militiamen in every guarding shift from ten militiamen to 20, increased the number of guards in their posts and increased the salaries of militiamen from 350,000 SYP to 1,000,000 SYP to avoid their resentment and make sure that they will not give up working for Iranian-backed militias and join Russian-backed militias in light of the ongoing cold war between the two sides.


On Wednesday, SOHR activists documented the death of seven people: three Syrians, three non-Syrians and an unidentified man, in the explosion which hit a warehouse affiliated to Iranian-backed militias in a residential neighbourhood in Deir Ezzor city. The explosion also left 15 people injured.


On the other hand, SOHR sources reported growing public anger and discontent among residents in Deir Ezzor city regarding the presence of a weapons warehouse affiliated to Iranian-backed militias in a the residential neighbourhood of Al-Hemaydiyah.


According to SOHR source, the residents had thought that the warehouse was used for storing foodstuffs, before they found out that it contained Iranian-made weapons. The residents also expressed their anger at the inaction of regime authorities which have never attempted to sent these weapons, which have posed a considerable threat the safety and lives of the residents, away from the city.