Syria’s relief organizations under Islamists’ attack

Members loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) wave ISIL flags as they drive around Raqqa city in northeastern Syria. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – On Monday, militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) stormed the offices of a number of international relief organizations in the city of Tel Abyad (Gire Spi) in Raqqa province, northeastern Syria, locals reported.

Speaking to ARA News, activist Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi said that IS militants raided Monday the offices of “Concern”, “Medical Relief” and “IRC” in the city of Tel Abyad.

The source added that the gunmen confiscated all the equipment of the three relief organizations –that are deemed to be the only humanitarian NGOs that still operate through local offices in IS-held areas in Syria.

In the meantime, several IS militants burned the agricultural crops in the villages of Nihait, Abu Surra, Shiwehan and al-Ahaimer in the northern countryside of Raqqa. 

The radical group, according to a local source, imposed a curfew on the Ain Issa area, and warned violators of “serious punishment”. 

Last week, the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced a military campaign against IS’ headquarters in the countryside of Tel Abyad, and was able to advance and control a number of important locations, under air support from the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes.


Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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