Islamic State arrests Deir e Zor men to serve as manual labor

















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The Islamic State’s religious police in the eastern Deir e-Zor town of al-Bokamel closed multiple shops and arrested their owners on Tuesday as part of what local activists say is an ongoing campaign of arrests for trivial charges in order to provide manual laborers at active fighting fronts. Up to 500 Deir e-Zor residents have been detained by IS security agencies over the past three days in multiple cities across the province, the Deir e-Zor is Being Slaughtered Silently media campaign reported on Tuesday. Offenses include non-compliance with IS-mandated religious dress codes, smoking and shaving. After their arrests, the men were taken in IS vehicles to fronts with the Syrian regime around the Deir e-Zor military airport, southeast of the provincial capital, to dig trenches to be used in future battles, the Deir e-Zor campaign’s activists say. “The mission of the detainees is not limited to digging trenches,” Mujahid a-Shami, the founder of Deir e-Zor is Being Slaughtered Silently told pro-opposition al-Hal on Tuesday, as they also “serve IS fighters, and move materiel and ammunition.”





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