SDF arrests person sending funds to ISIS in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – Special Units of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) supported by the US-led Global Coalition Forces to Defeat ISIS, arrested yesterday, a man who sends funds to the Islamic State (ISIS) in a town east of Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria. 

Miyasar al-Hamed, 36, owns a currency exchange office, known as al-Farras, in al-Busayrah town, 35 km east of Deir ez-Zor, and is in charge of collecting taxes (alms-zakat) from traders and venture capitalists in the region.  

During the investigation, al-Hamed admitted having lots of USD cash in his exchange office he had collected earlier as alms to send them to ISIS, a military source of the SDF told North Press. 

ISIS sleeper cells repeatedly threaten residents of Deir ez-Zor city.

Al-Hamed was arrested after the SDF Special Units monitored him for three months and criminal intelligence information was gathered about him.

Al-Hamed hails from al-Busayrah town and has worked as a money changer for years.

The SDF intensifies its security operations in Deir ez-Zor countryside to chase the members of ISIS sleeper cells. 

Reported by Hatem Bashar