People taxed in ISIL-held Syrian city of Manbij

A member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). File photo: AL

ARA News

Iraqi Kurdistan – Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continue imposing taxes on the residents of the areas which fall under its control.

Recently, al-Qaeda splinter group of ISIL issued a decision imposing taxes on electric power supply in the city of Manbij in Aleppo province, local activist Jamsheed Omar told ARA News.

“The ISIL increased the hours of power cuts to pressure the residents of Manbij city to pay all the electricity bills they owe since the day Manbij fell under the ISIL control till the present time,” Omar said.

Omar added that ISIL obliges the residents to pay 100 Syrian Lira for each room in the house and an amount of 1000–3000 Syrian Lira for each commercial shop.

“ISIL members claim that the money obtained from the tax payments will be used for providing public services,” Omar further said.

“The ISIL has also been trying to hire people to strengthen its military capability by tempting them with monthly salaries, and at the same time forces them to pay high taxes,” Omar pointed out.

Notably, the ISIL group had controlled many areas in the northern and eastern countryside of Aleppo before withdrawing from most of its locations in the northern part of Aleppo province after clashes with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Islamic divisions nearly five months ago.


Reporting by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News

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