Assad regime’s checkpoints extort and impose taxes on the people returning to their areas in Deir Ezzor

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After a long journey of displacement, displaced people from Al-Bukamal countryside in Deir Ezzor province were extorted by Assad’s forces yesterday, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, while returning to their areas, according to Deir Ezzor 24 network correspondent.

In the details, our correspondent said that a number of people from al-Bukamal city and its countryside have returned to their homes from the areas where they have been displaced in Damascus and its countryside after receiving promises from the security and reconciliation committees to facilitate their return, and prevent the checkpoints from stopping them during the return journey, but when the first bus of the displaced people arrived at Al-Salhiyah checkpoints, the elements stopped it and imposed on the passengers to pay sums of money, and left them waiting for hours, which forced them to pay the money imposed on them.

It is indicated that this was not the only checkpoint to stop the convoy of returnees, where it was stopped and searched by the Republican Guard checkpoints, that spread along the road to Al-Bukamal city, as well as “Saleh al-Harbi’s” militia’s checkpoints.

It is worth mentioning that through its security and reconciliation committees, Assad regime has been seeking desperately for many years to convince the displaced people of Deir Ezzor to return to their areas to gain legitimacy in the public eye, and to show the image of stability and security in the Syrian society, especially in Deir Ezzor, which is the scene of conflict among international and regional powers.

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