Islamic State imposes taxes on grain trade in Syria’s Hasakah

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ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – The Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) imposed more financial taxes on cargo trucks loaded with fodder and agricultural materials entering and exiting the city of Hasakah, northeastern Syria, towards other regions outside the province, local dealers reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, a grain market trader said that the IS radical group recently put portable balances on the road between Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor near the city of Shaddadi (40 km south of Hasakah) where the IS members calculate the shipments and impose 11,000 Syrian Pounds per ton on every trucker.

The source, who preferred anonymity, quoted truckers as saying: “There is news about the arrival of three IS leaders to Shaddadi, who want to raise the taxes to 20% per ton or pay the same value in cash.”

A former staff member of the oil company in Shaddadi explained to ARA News that the oil wells that were used by the group, which the group depends upon as a financial resource, were exposed to major damage, prompting the jihadists to impose substantial taxes on traders.

The grain market between the cities in Hasakah province and the countryside of Deir ez-Zor is one of the most active markets in the region, where annually hundreds of tons of different types of grain are being transferred to the cities of al-Bukamal, Mayadeen and Soor in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor. 

 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho  

Source: ARA News

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