Islamic State to demarcate its border in Syria’s Hasakah

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Pro-ISIS tribal gunmen in Geweran district, southern Hasakah. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – Over the past few weeks, the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) had given civilians a deadline of a month to leave the city of Hasakah, northeastern Syria, local sources reported.

An eyewitness from the city of Shaddadi in the southern countryside of Hasakah, told ARA News (under the condition of anonymity) that the IS group illustrated its intention to announce what it described as the “Denomination of Islam” –in reference to areas under the IS control– and the so-called “Denomination of Blasphemy” –referring to the areas under the regime’s control, including the Kurdish self-rule territory. This is to take place in Hasakah province. 

The source added that the radical group will prevent people’s movement “between the areas of the infidels (regime and Kurdish areas) to the Islamic State territory (IS held areas). 

The IS hardline group is working on the establishment of a commercial market in the village of Gharrat al-Waqiya (40 km western Hasakah) located on the outskirt of Mount Abdul Aziz, sources in Hasakah’s suburbs told ARA News.

The sources quoted an announcement made by the group as saying: “The market will include selling vegetables, clothing and other materials the residents need, as they will establish a market for livestock.

Locals pointed out that group had informed the population that once they complete the market building, it will prevent people from going to the cities held by the regime “to avoid mingling with the infidels”.

“We wouldn’t be surprised if the IS militants someday issue passports enabling us to travel to Syria, the country of infidels, according to their ideology,” one of the villagers of Gharrat al-Waqiya sarcastically commented.

Civil servants in Hasakah told ARA News that the IS group told civilians in the southern, eastern and western countrysid that its militants will soon cut the roads linking the IS-held areas with those under the regime’s control in the province.

The residents of these areas will no longer be able to move between the city of Hasakah and its surrounding villages. 

The commercial market in the city of Shaddadi has reportedly flourished after being held by the IS group, as it includes all the needs of the population, regardless of the bad living conditions of some of the residents, locals told ARA News.

 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekhu

Source: ARA News

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