Dier Ezzor – Sound and Picture

After an increase in oppression and injustice of IS in the areas under its control, such as killing, steeling, cutting hands and lots of horrific stories of torture practiced by IS within Hosba and the Islamic police prisons, just like the Syrian regime. These things in turn led to the expansion of Immigration among civilians in order to escape from the “hell” as it called by people.

In conjunction with this immigration phenomenon , bazaars numbers increased, or the so-called locally “auctions” or a pubic market in which the electrical and used household tools are sold at discounted prices, as people who decided to move out sell most of their possessions to secure the cost needed for their journey to Europe.

In spite of low prices, the sell-off may take weeks, because of the big numbers of people who have decided to sell their property for the purpose of immigration, and the lack of demand due to the difficult economic conditions.

In a bazaar in Mayadeen city in the eastern countryside of Dier Ezzor, which is monitored by IS to control the buying and selling processes. Our reporter met one of the traders, named Khaled.

Khaled said: “When we asked the headquarter of Hosba, the strongest power in the region, to open this bazaar, it was rejected at the beginning by Hosba prince under the pretext that it could became a target of the international coalition aircraft or the Syrian regime aircraft, but later the bazaar was allowed citing the grounds that the Prophet Mohammed had personally supervised auctions such as this one in his own time, so Hosba acknowledged the legitimacy of this opening. “

Khaled stopped talking when one of IS members in his full military uniform approached to witness to the process of selling and buying, taking a tax of 1,000 Syrian pounds from the seller and the buyer, and when he left Khalid said: “bazaar used to be on Fridays but most of the people who began to sell their property did not find the right place to sell them, which forced me accompanied by a number of traders to open such a public market on a daily basis, where the seller comes and show what he has to traders, who might buy at a bargain price or not, according to the taxes imposed on both the buyer and seller by IS”.

The reporter continued his tour in the bazaar, and met one of the women, which came to sell a number of second-hand electrical equipment. At first, the women refused to speak with our reporter for fear of IS, but later accepted under condition of not mentioning her name.

The woman said “My husband was killed in one of the Syrian regime raids which targeted our house in the city of Al-Asharah in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor two years ago, my older son was killed in a free army attack on Deir Ezzor military airport. I have two other boys, 15 and 12 years old, who started to think about joining IS. This forced me to sell what remained of my house and to try to emigrate. so I started implanting the idea of ​​immigration in their minds through describing  the beauty of Europe  to them”.

It is worth mentioning that the public market phenomenon has spread in most of Syria previously after the civilians were forced to flee from regime-controlled areas for fear of arrest and due to displacement because of shelling. Public markets phenomenon also expanded in most of IS-controlled areas.

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Sound and Picture organization: We are a group of Syrian human rights activists. We noticed the lack of bodies which document abuses against civilians inside Syria, therefore we decided to establish this project, it is specialized to document the violations which have committed by all sides in the ongoing conflict in Syria against civilians in a professional way. The organization is documenting all kinds of violations, and working on the accounting for the groups which committed these violations by the international community. The organization is completely independent, and does not follow any political or military bodies, whether inside or outside Syria.

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