Islamic State blocks roads around Raqqa, trying to secure headquarters

Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of the northern Raqqa. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) blocked the main roads of transportation between the province of Raqqa and the rest of the Syrian territories, restricting the exit of residents from the city, locals reported on Thursday. 

Those who insist to leaving the city are required to hand over documents of their home ownership.

Speaking to ARA News in Raqqa, Yasser al-Harbi, 29, said that the group started storming houses in some neighborhoods, trying to oblige people to abide by the new regulations. 

“People can only leave through a guarantor (third party who apparently will be responsible for his return) or paper signed by the governor or for critical health conditions,” the source added, pointing out that in the case of non-return the group will imprison the guarantor and confiscate his property.

“They are watching every move, and preventing women from leaving their houses,” said al-Harbi.

Under the rule of the Islamic State for nearly two years, the city of Raqqa has suffered from poor health conditions, lack of medicine and contaminated drinking water, all of which threaten the health of thousands of civilians. 


Reporting by: Sarbaz Yusuf  

Source: ARA News

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