Militants of the Islamic State. File photo
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Istanbul, Turkey – The Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) launched Wednesday what Syrian activists described as an economic war on areas held by opposition fighters in the northern countryside of Aleppo, northern Syria, cutting off vital supply routs, local activists reported on Thursday.
The group prevents entry of fuel and flour to the rebel-held countryside of Aleppo in an attempt to undermine abilities of the armed opposition in that area.
Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, civil activist Baran Ali reported that the IS group has stopped selling fuel derivatives of petrol and diesel to the areas held by the armed opposition in the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib.
“This will definitely lead to a humanitarian disaster among civilians in the area,” he said.
The source added that people of these areas are relying completely on fuel amid constant power cut.
A fuel dealer in the countryside of Aleppo told ARA News (on the condition of anonymity): “Militants of IS try to weaken the opposition fighters by causing starvation and further deterioration of living conditions in areas held by rebels north of Aleppo.”
“The prices will rise and civilians who lack financial resources will suffer more,” he said.
The Islamic State group is in control of dozens of oil wells in eastern Syria, which enabled the group to become a key player in the fuel trade inside the country.
Reporting by: Mustafa Hamed
Source: ARA News