Deir Ezzor – Sound and Picture
Expanded arbitrary arrests took a place in the towns and villages of Deir Ezzor countryside by IS affecting a large number of young people, even children, for minor charges such as smoking, shaving the beard and wearing tight pants.
The duration of detention for such charges was a few days or transferring detainees to Deir Ezzor military airport fronts to do tunnels digging work and then releasing them immediately. However, IS also started to impose Sharia courses on detainees under the mentioned charges.
In October, at the other end of Deir Ezzor in regime-controlled areas, Al-Jura and Alqosour towns also witnessed arbitrarily arrests similar to the campaigns carried out by IS to join military service, affecting a large number of young men on various charges, including not joining military service, in spite of students postponement.
“Sound and Picture” reporter in Deir Ezzor countryside, met with one of the parents, who preferred not to mention his name, his son, a 15-year-old was arrested by IS about a month ago, on charges of selling Smoke. The father explained that patrol of Hosba arrested his son when he was in his small shop and took him first to Deir Ezzor military airport to dig tunnels and then forced him to pay a fine and join a Sharia course.
The father said: “My son went to attend Sharia course for one week. After the end of this period a young man who joined the same course came to me and said that my son went to IS military camps in Iraq after tempting him with money”.
The father immediately went to one of IS’s headquarters in his hometown and asked the headquarter prince to return his son for he is still a child, but the prince rejected his request and accused him of “hating IS and inciting against it” and subsequently arrested him for 23 days.
In Al- Jura neighborhood, west of Deir Ezzor city, which is controlled by regime forces and besieged by IS, “Sound and Picture” reporter managed to take an exclusive testimony of a father, who chose the name “Abu Omar”. He said: “After striking our neighborhood with a mortar shell by IS, My brother and number of people went there to help the wounded who were being transferred to the regime military hospital near that area. One of the men who were there came and told me that one of the security men at the main door of the hospital took my brother’s ID and military service papers and said to him:
– “have you served in the army?”
He replied: “No, I own a student delay papers”.
The security man said: “Your delay ends this month, there is no need to extend it”.
After that he was arrested for almost two weeks, and then compulsorily recruited in the ranks of the so-called “The national army”, and then he was taken to one of the fronts to fight IS to be killed a week later.
During IS’s failure attempts in the last three months to take over Deir Ezzor military airport which is controlled by regime forces, both sides lost a lot of fighters which forced them in the same time to follow the compulsory recruitment policy. This affected many young people, even children, trying to keep the balance and ensure that they don’t lose any inch of their controlled areas.