Daesh is cutting Internet and charging for landlines in Syria's Deir Ezzor
Things are only getting worse in the Daesh-held eastern province.(AFP/File)
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Daesh (ISIS) militants in the Syrian city of Deir al-Ezzor are creating increasingly harsh conditions for residents still in the city, as reports this week purport militant plans to cut phone lines for homes who fail to pay, and a city-wide blockade on Internet services.
A report by online news agency ABNA 24 said a Sharia court aligned with the insurgents handed down the Internet ban Saturday. While the court gave no justification for the move, local activists told the news agency they believe its meant to block the flow of the information media outlets have come to rely on to understand the situation unfolding in areas under Daesh control.
“This ban is mainly meant to prevent media workers and human rights activists from reporting on the ongoing atrocities by the terrorist group against civilians in Deir al-Ezzor and its countryside,” media rights activist Sarai al-Din said.
Meanwhile, an flying purportedly posted in the province outlines orders for homes ans businesses to begin paying landline fees or face permanent disconnection. According to the sheet, individual houses will be billed 1000 Syrian pounds ($5) a month. That may not seem like much, but to put it in perspective, recent polls indicate the price of bread has skyrocketed in the eastern province, with 1 kilogram priced around 3500 Syrian pounds ($18.50), which means residents are already struggling to survive.
See the flyer and its English translation below.
Translation: To all fixed line subscribers in [eastern Syria] Kindly work on paying your due bills for Zul Qida and Zil Hijja months [Sept. 4-24 2015] according to the below table:
House: 1000 Syrian Pound
Commercial: 2000 Syrian Pound
Private institution: 3000 Syrian Pound If you don’t pay your service will be disconnected permanently.
Payments should be done in Busera communication office.