ISIS checkpoints constrain Syrians movement

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A Syrian man being searched by IS militants at a security checkpoint. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – With the universities’ exams approaching, the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) issued Wednesday a circular to all its checkpoints in the vicinity of the city of Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria, to scrutinize the identities of al-Furat University students, locals reported.

The sources reported that the IS militants currently prevent the students’ movement between the regime-held areas and Islamic State’s territory. 

Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, one of the students in al-Furat University said (under the condition of anonymity) that in spite of the students’ suffering in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor due to their inability to settle into the university housing, which is overcrowded with students, the IS militants began imposing more restrictions on them.

“Since last Thursday, the IS insurgents prevented the entry and exit the university students from the city of Deir ez-Zor, so as to encourage them abandon their studies and join its (IS) ranks,” the source added.

Another student, C.S., based in Hasakah, stated to ARA News that Kurdish students were unable to travel to the city of Deir ez-Zor, adding that many students were insulted and beaten by the IS militants at security checkpoints.

With the entry of the Syrian opposition battalions to the city of Deir ez-Zor in June 2012, al-Furat University was suspended for nearly one year to reopen its gates in the academic year 2013-2014, when all colleges were transferred  to the university complex on the road linking Deir ez-Zor with Damascus, especially after the destruction of most colleges and institutes during the battles, and the IS control over many areas of Deir ez-Zor province. The IS control of the city and its facilities about six months ago has reportedly worsened the situation in Deir ez-Zor. 

 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho

Source: ARA News

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