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Assad forces, allied militias carried out massive looting in seized areas: monitor

Local | 2020-03-31 21:34:00
Assad forces, allied militias carried out massive looting in seized areas: monitor
 (Zaman Al Wasl)- At least 30 towns and villages have been looted by Syrian regime forces and allied Shiite militias in northern Syria since April 2019, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said in legal report on Tuesday.
 The report has documented that about 30 villages and towns in the northern suburbs of Hama province, the southern suburbs of Idlib, and parts of Aleppo have been subjected to robberies and looting of property by regime forces and pro-Iran militias.

The report notes that these stolen goods and property are being sold in the markets of al Sqailbiya town in Hama suburbs. As the report states, this is reminiscent of what was recorded previously in 2012 and 2013 when the Syrian regime’s militiamen opened similar markets to sell goods they’d looted there after taking control of the cities of Homs and Hama.
Also, the Syrian monitoring group revealed that some armed groups have also carried out looting of areas they have taken control of, as with the forces of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (YPD), the US-bacjed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), extremist Islamist groups (ISIS and al Nusra Front), and factions of the armed opposition.

Although the scale of the looting carried out by the Syrian, Iranian and Russian regime forces remains by a long way the most widespread and systematic, according to the report.
The regime offensive in Idlib province and parts of Aleppo has displaced more than 1,041000 people from their homes and killed 700 people, including 91 women, 212 children and 17 rescue workers, over the past three months, he Syrian Response Coordination Group said.

The nine-year-old war has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands and forced 13 million people from their homes, half of whom have left their shattered homeland.

Zaman Al Wasl
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