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Items Looted From Eastern Ghouta Find a Market in Al-Assad District

Carloads of stolen goods are being taken out of Harasta and sold on the streets of Damascus, Alsouria Net reports
Items Looted From Eastern Ghouta Find a Market in Al-Assad District


Tafeesh (looting) has reached the Eastern Ghouta in the Damascus countryside after being carried out in many other areas of Syria, especially Aleppo, Homs and Deir-ez-Zor.

The pro-regime Al-Khabar TV station said in a report on Wednesday that local sources said that the looters had opened a market for their stolen goods in the Al-Assad district, which is mostly populated by supporters of the regime.

A local source from the district told Al-Khabar that a “looters’ market” was active after 3 a.m., whereby the looters carry out their theft in the morning to sell them in the afternoon.

The source said that the “looting market” extends from the Al-Assad district roundabout to the Qadmous transport junction, adding that most of the theft is from the city of Harasta, which regime forces recently took control over.

The site said in its report that the market had seen clashes because of disputes over stolen goods.

The Voice of the Capital (Sowt al-Medina) website published a report on the continuing looting from the cities and towns of the Eastern Ghouta by members of pro-regime militias after they entered these areas following the withdrawal of opposition forces.

According to Voice of the Capital, the items were sold through brokers who bought the items from regime fighters to later distribute them in markets specialized in this at high prices.

The pro-regime militias in the Al-Assad district have in recent days brought out dozens of cars loaded with stolen goods from Harasta, the first city to witness agreements for rebel groups and civilians to leave toward Syria’s north.

Since regime forces began to enter and take control over Syrian cities and enter into a harsh war against their residents and opposition fighters there, the “used goods” markets have begun to appear in various areas. The term “used” means items which were looted by regime forces and then sold.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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