The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Ongoing violations | Regime forces impose levies on civilians under the name of “Eidiyah” in Deir Ezzor

Deir Ezzor province: Regime soldiers stationed at checkpoint in areas controlled by regime forces and Iranian-backed militias in Deir Ezzor started to clamp down on civilians since the first hours of Eid Al-Adha, through collecting levies under the name of “Eidiyah” (pocket money given to children in Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha).


According to SOHR sources, the levies are imposed on civilians crossing through military checkpoints, including the a checkpoint at the entrance of Deir Ezzor city, Al-Bel’oum checkpoint at the entrance of Al-Mayadeen city and a checkpoint at the entrance of Al-Bokamal city in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. This has led to traffic jam in those cities, amid a state of public discontent.


Last year, SOHR sources reported that members of the checkpoint of the “4th Division” of the regime at the crossing of Al-Mayadeen city “the capital of the Iranian militias in east of Syria” which separates areas held by regime forces and Iranian militias on the one hand, and SDF-held areas on the other, in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, started imposing new royalties on civilians under the name of “Ediyah,” coinciding with the near of Eid Al-Adha.


According to sources, the checkpoint’s members imposed royalties of about 5 thousand SYP on each person to allow them to cross through the crossing towards both areas, what caused a suffocating crisis and widespread resentment among civilians who are trying to move between both sides through this crossing.