ISIS Continues to Confiscate Civilians Houses In Raqqa


Every time the terrorist group ISIS decides to get out of any location, they start to take over civilians houses, the civilians that had to flee ISIS areas because of the group’s violations. Raqqa, as the group’s last stronghold, is now facing the same destiny. Even houses of civilians who have fled the city to the countryside, which is also under the group’s control, are also taken over and given to the fighters coming from Iraq or Jarabulus.
Ali, from Raqqa and his house was taken over by ISIS, indicated to RBSS reporter:” After we had to be displaced to the eastern suburbs of Raqqa, ISIS fighters took over our house. When I visited the office of real estate they told me that I cannot take it back since fighters are living in it.”

It is noteworthy that real estate office (or Diwan as for ISIS name) is a new office and set up by the group to oversee selling, buying and renting houses and lands because the terrorist group gets money for that, this office is also responsible for collecting taxes and confiscating the abandoned houses.
In a separate context, the terrorist group imposed huge sums of money over the civilians who want to leave the city towards the regime controlled areas and Turkey but if they do not come back after a limited period the group take over their properties.

Tarek, who has tried to flee the city, indicated to RBSS reporter:” I have tried to visit Hama in order to check on my family who live there, when I went to take a travelling permission they asked me to put all my properties under their custody until I come back and informed me that they will confiscate all of them in case I did not come back, so I decided to cancel my visit”
Activists from Raqqa indicate that if ISIS left the city and it is taken over by the Kurdish forces, then civilians will face the same issue since the Kurdish forces will take over these houses in the pretext of that they are the houses of ISIS fighters.

media activist from the city of Raqqa, student at the Faculty of Law at the University of the Euphrates. Director of the Media Office of Raqqa, founding member of "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently", founding member of the documentary project of "Sound and Picture". I work in documenting violations committed by Assad's regime and ISIS group and extremist organizations inside the city of Raqqa, as I work in programming, design and visual media. I hold a certificate of coach in digital security, and a certificate of journalist coach, and a certificate in documenting violations against human rights, and a certificate in electronic advocacy. I underwent a training under the supervision of "Cyber-Arabs" in collaboration with the Institute for War and Peace "IWPR", about the management of electronic websites and leadership of advocacy campaigns, and a training of press photography under the supervision of the photojournalist "Peter Hove Olesen".