ISIS burns food donations from US intended for Syrian refugees

Reuters Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province, June 30, 2014.
Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province, June 30, 2014

The Islamic State has allegedly burned boxes of food aid coming from the United States that were intended for Syrian civilians.

The Independent reports that two trucks containing the food parcels were intercepted at an ISIS checkpoint manned by the group’s “Hisba” police force in Syria’s Aleppo province. The boxes had the markings of Koch Foods, a chicken company based in the state of Illinois in the US.

According to The Independent, the Islamic State seized and burned the boxes, which contained chicken meat, claiming that the animal products were not slaughtered according to Islamic law.

The International Business Times, however, said that the boxes had markings to show that the chicken meat was “halal,” or had been slaughtered according to the dictates of Islamic Law.

An activist with the group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently told The Independent that the Islamic State militants noticed that the boxes came from the US, and proceeded immediately to destroy the meat even though they were marked as ‘halal.’

The Islamic State released photographs of the burning through affiliated social media accounts and sparked outrage on social media as Syria is facing a severe food crisis as a result of both the civil war between rebels and forces loyal to President Bashir al-Assad, and the conquest of ISIS.

According to a UN-backed report, the crisis in Syria has plunged 80 per cent of its citizens into poverty, reduced life expectancy by 20 years, and led to massive economic losses that have been estimated at over $200 billion.

This is not the first time that the Islamic State has interfered with donations intended for Syrian civilians. Reuters reported in February that images surfaced on social media showing food parcels being distributed by the United Nations’ World Food Programme bearing the black flag and logo of the ISIS.

The UN condemned the apparent manipulation of food donations for starving Syrians.

“WFP condemns this manipulation of desperately needed food aid inside Syria,” WFP Emergency Regional Coordinator Muhannad Hadi told Reuters.

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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".