Assad forces and its militias launched systematic looting campaign in east Raqqa

Turki al-Bouhamad the leader of Jaysh al-Asha’er with Suhail al-Hassan famous regime colonel.

Raqqa eastern countryside ‘south Euphrates River’ witnessed mass displacement by residents following Assad forces capture the area and the soldiers looted and burned corps.

NSO reporter in Raqqa countryside said displaced civilians headed to Euphrates River northern bank (al-Jazire) under “Syrian Democratic Forces SDF” control in fear of detention and field execution carried out by Assad forces and its backed militias after controlling the area.

NSO reporter met Ahmad al-Khouja a cattle tradesman in Raqqa countryside said Assad forces-affiliated Jaysh al-Asha’er looted his property in al-Sebkha village which is 200 sheeps, 15 cows and several tons of fodder.

Al-Khouja added he contacted Jaysh al-Asha’er leader “Turki al-Bouhamad” several times to retake his property but the answer was-through middlemen- that his property is now owned by “Syrian Arab Army” according to what he said.

In the same context, Abu Ahmad a farmer from al-Sebkha village said Jaysh al-Asha’er looted agriculture equipment he owns like “Tractor, water extracting tools, reaper” and used for military purpose while they dissemble others and moved to unknown place.

Abu Ahmad added that 50% of houses from al-Sebkha to Maadan was looted or burned on charges of being owned by ISIS who fled the area without much of a fight against Assad forces and its backed militias.

YPG-dominated SDF suspended its operations in al-Akirshi village east Raqqa to allow regime forces and its militias to move to capture the eastern countryside and reach Euphrates River to continue to Deir Ezzor province.

Jaysh al-Asha’er was formed in late 2016 by pro-regime fighters from al-Jazire area led by Turki al-Bouhamad from al-Bouhamad village in Raqqa eastern countryside.

The militia estimated as 400 fighters with ligh and medium weapons and several military vehicles backed by Russian warplanes according to local sources.

Obada Al-Hussien

A journalist works in audio and written editorial. He writes for several electronic and paper-based Arabic newspapers and magazines.


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