THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS FLEE TERRORIST-HELD REGIONS IN NORTHEASTERN SYRIA
TEHRAN, May 15 (NNN-FNA) – A local official confirmed that almost 13,000 refugees have left ISIL-held regions in Northern Raqqa for safer regions on Friday and Saturday.
“During the past two days, we have welcomed 13 thousand refugees from the villages of Meyselon and Celaa North of Raqqa and other villages near Raqqa,” Chairman for the Raqqa Civilian Assembly Committee Ebdulselam Hemsorik said.
The official added that a majority of refugees were coming from the regions near Raqqa, “but even three weeks ago the influx had been coming mostly from other parts of the crisis-torn country”.
The Syrian army as well as numerous groups, such as the SDF, have been fighting against the ISIL that had occupied vast territories of the Middle Eastern country, including Raqqa.
The SDF is currently conducting the Euphrates Rage Operation aimed at pushing ISIL back from Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the self-proclaimed caliphate.
Local sources in Northeastern Syria reported on Wednesday that the ISIL increased pressure on Raqqa city’s civilians to pay more tax following the rapid advances of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the province and sharp reduction in the terrorist group’s income.
The sources said that ISIL militants forced shopkeepers and businessmen in Raqqa to pay taxes of the next two months in advance.
They further said that a large number of ISIL fighters did not receive any money as monthly salary for several months, adding that long delay in paying salaries caused the ISIL fighters to be in doubt about remaining in the group and weakened their abilities in the battlefields.
Source: NAM News Networkhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/thousands-of-civilians-flee-terrorist-held-regions-in-northeastern-syria/Business