Syrian doctors under ISIS pressure

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ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – The Islamic State (IS/ISIS) imposed new regulations on doctors in the city of Deir ez-Zor and its countryside eastern Syria, which led many of them to flee the country, local activists reported on Saturday.

Speaking to ARA News, field activist Saray ad-Din reported that IS militants recently conditioned on doctors to work for free in the hospitals that operate under the group’s control, obliging them to treat wounded militants –who undergo battles against several factions across Syria.

“The radical group warned that any doctor refuses to treat IS militants will be severely punished,” ad-Din added.

The source pointed out that those decisions have led many doctors to escape Syria. The IS group takes over private property of fleeing doctors, including their houses, clinics and hospitals.

Militants of IS took over several hospitals in the city of al-Mayadeen east of Deir ez-Zor after their owners fled the country, such as the hospitals of Hammad and al-Nour, local sources said. 

 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho

Source: ARA News

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