The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Deir Ezzor | 4th Division promotes Iranian goods smuggled from Iraq through imposing levies on local goods

Considerable tension between residents and 4th Division erupts in Al-Mayadeen and 4th Division brings in security committee from Damascus

The regime-backed 4th Division, which is also close to Iranian-backed militias, continue clamping down on civilians in Al-Mayadeen in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, which has ignited public discontent and renewed tension between the two sides.


In this context, the 4th Division continues imposing large levies on commercial goods, especially foodstuffs, brought from different Syrian provinces, mainly Damascus, which has led to dramatic increase in the prices of those goods, as well as the delayed delivery and unavailability.


Accordingly, a large number of residents have found themselves obligated to depend on goods smuggled from SDF-controlled areas on the eastern bank of Euphrates river and Iranian and Iraqi goods which are readily available in Al-Mayadeen markets and all areas dominated by Iranian-backed militias. Such goods are smuggled from Iraq by individuals working for Iranian-backed militias; this means that repression practiced by the 4th Division aims at increasing residents’ willingness to buy goods smuggled from Iraq.


With the growing tension between the region’s residents and the 4th Division, SOHR activists documented, with pictures and videos, the arrival of a security committee of the 4th Division in Al-Mayadeen city in eastern Deir Ezzor from Damascus. The column arrived yesterday, where command held a meeting to discuss the growing tension in the region.