Militants of the Islamic State. File photo
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Erbil, Kurdistan Region ــ Militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) called on civilians in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria, to join the fighting fronts in Aleppo and Hasakah to perform what they described as “the duty of jihad”, local activists reported on Monday.
Speaking to ARA News, civil rights activist Mujahid Ash-Shami said that the IS radical group, amid constant power outages and high prices of food and basic needs, continues arresting young men in the province countryside.
“The group is trying to force people into its ranks. Militants seek new recruits amid large losses in northern Syria,” he said.
“The terrorists of IS are arrying out executions in public squares against peaceful civilians, and at the same time they are arresting young men in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor to force them to join the so-called jihad,” the source added.
“With harassment and systematic policy of siege and starvation, as well as imposing large fines on those who violate the group’s instructions, the pro-Assad helicopters continue striking Deir ez-Zor countryside,” Ash-Shami told ARA News, pointing out that Assad’s helicopters dropped several barrel bombs on the village of Albu Amru, killing and injuring dozens of civilians.
A similar attack hit the village of Jafrah. No details about the death toll of the attack.
Pro-regime air force also raided Tabiya Shamiya town east of Deir ez-Zor, killing at least one civilians and wounding three others.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News