Local Islamic State fighters block expulsion order in Deir e Zor









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Conflict between local and foreign IS fighters in Deir e-Zor province resulted in the group backtracking on a decision to order residents of the western countryside suspected of smuggling to leave their homes, a Deir e-Zor citizen journalist told Syria Direct Tuesday. The Islamic State governor of Deir e-Zor province issued a decree Sunday ordering residents of the western countryside to leave their houses within 48 hours after accusing them of smuggling goods into besieged regime-controlled areas in the eponymous capital, said Muhammed Hasan. Following “tense confrontations” between local IS members who opposed the decision against the foreigners who supported it, “IS revised the decree to only include four villages,” Hasan said. The LCC's confirmed the issuance of a revised decision, as did pro-opposition agency Sound and Picture. Hasan said he suspects that IS's real reason behind the evacuation order is to plan an attack on remaining regime-controlled pockets in northwest Deir e-Zor city, noting that IS is summoning large reinforcements to those areas included under the evacuation order.