HASAKAH – Hundreds of Arab civilians escaped territory held by the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria’s eastern province of Deri ez-Zor, heading t0 Kurdish areas in Hasakah province, local sources reported on Thursday.
Most of the displaced families from Deir ez-Zor received shelter in Syria’s Kurdish region, also known as Rojava.
“We suffered a lot before getting here. ISIS militants have blocked all exits of Deir ez-Zor. We have been trying to leave the province for months, and fortunately we eventually found a smuggler who helped us escape,” Aicha, mother of two, told ARA News. “Now my children are safe, thanks to the people of Hasakah for hosting us despite their hardships.”
Local organisations in Hasakah are trying to assist the civilians who escaped ISIS territory looking for a safe haven.
“We are trying to provide these families with basic supplies and assistance. They’ve suffered a lot to get here,” civil rights activist Anwar Hamo told ARA News in Hasakah.
“Despite the limited resources, we are doing our best to help those people,” he added.
Speaking to ARA News, media activist Majid al-Abdullah said that Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) are searching the luggages of those coming from Deir ez-Zor before allowing them to enter the region.
“The YPG forces first check identities of the newcomers and their luggages at security checkpoints in the Salhi village [110km south of Hasakah] before allowing them to enter the province, this in a bid to prevent any infiltration by ISIS jihadis into Hasakah,” he said.
Most of the displaced civilians from Deir ez-Zor are hosted in the Mabroka Camp near Sere Kanye city of Hasakah province, where local NGOs provide them with basic supplies such as food and medicine.
“We hope that soon Deir ez-Zor would be liberated from ISIS terrorists, so that we can return home,” Ahmed, 43, told ARA News.
Reporting by: Qehreman Miste
Source: ARA News
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