Aleppo – Sound and Picture

IS has dominated Menbej city in the eastern countryside of Aleppo in January 23,2014, after fierce battles with several factions of the Free Syrian Army, stretching its influence on the city and imposing its rules.

IS executed many civilians on various charges, mainly for fighting alongside the Free Syrian Army, this sparked a revolution in the face of the IS condemning its crimes and demanding IS to get out of the city.

Ahmed Abu Taim, an activist from the city of Menbej said to “Sound and Picture”: “Several demonstrations, including graffiti, have been organized against IS in Menbej city in uniting efforts against IS practices.

The whole city was on strike for the first time against IS practices. Moreover, a demonstration took place in Jarablous road in which people demanded IS to leave. Last night, another demonstration took a place in the southern neighborhoods, also demanding IS to leave saying “Menbej is free, IS get out” and asking FSA to enter the city”.

About the reasons, Al-Mohammad Said:” “The reasons why civilians stood against IS are the great pressure imposed by IS on them since controlling the city, the executions and the arrests. As well as disciplinarian and the indigence due to cutting off relief materials.

There are more than 250 000 displaced people in Menbej city from Aleppo and other Syrian provinces and this spread the phenomenon of unemployment and mendacity among young people and displaced families as a result of IS’s harassment. All these things encouraged the people to go out in demonstrations, and we hope that this movement will expand to all Syrian cities under IS control”.

Abu Bassel, a civilian from Menbej city, said to “Sound and Picture” through “What’s app”: “After the evening prayer yesterday, IS imposed curfew and launched a raid on internet cafes. As seen, IS members inspected each computer in each internet cafes by connecting computers with a laptop they have for a few minutes. Moreover, IS members searched several houses for people who worked with FSA previously despite their repentance. Also, IS imposed a strict inspection on its checkpoints especially with young men. A notable confusion and anxiety is seen among IS members after last week’s Paris attacks.

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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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