ISIS patrol in Raqqa, northeastern Syria. File photo
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Urfa, Turkey – The Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) forced civilians in Raqqa to donate blood to the group’s militants, Syrian activists reported on Wednesday.
The Islamic State called on the residents of Raqqa in northeastern Syria to donate 0.5 kg of blood in private hospitals in the city, amid increased numbers of injured militant fighters from the group under airstrikes by the international coalition.
A local media activist told ARA News in Raqqa (under the condition of anonymity) that donating blood was done previously on a voluntary basis, pointing out that at the beginning of 2014, the number of donors reached dozens, especially during the pro-regime airstrikes that targeted civilians, where people spontaneously responded to calls for blood donation.
The IS hardline group is treating its patients and injured insurgents in private hospitals, so as not to reveal death tolls in battles or the number of those who fell during raids by the U.S.-led international coalition, the source added.
The exact number of casualties in the IS ranks remain unknown as the group avoids announcing any statistics in an attempt to hide any aspects of weakness from their enemies.
Local activists reported that the radical group, through such a tactic, is trying to maintain its image as a strong organization with high military capacities.
Commenting on the event, a Syrian Kurdish journalist reporter of al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper, Jiwan Soz, told ARA News: “Forcing civilians to donate blood is prohibited and inhuman, especially since the IS group does so randomly, regardless of the type of blood.”
“The group is drawing blood in a primitive way without using the medical tools necessary for this process,” Soz added.
“Civilians in Raqqa should donate blood through doctors, who do not deal with the IS radicals, in order to safeguard themselves from any danger they may be subjected-to in the future.”
Notably, the IS restrictions against civilians increased in the last few weeks, especially after their expulsion by the Kurds from Kobane (Ain al-Arab) in the province of Aleppo, and the intensified strikes by the U.S.-led coalition forces on the group’s major locations in Syria and Iraq.
Reporting by: Redwan Bizar
Source: ARA News