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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Turned Looting Of Humanitarian Aid To Displaced Civilians Into Profitable Business

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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Turned Looting Of Humanitarian Aid To Displaced Civilians Into Profitable Business

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Submitted by Khaled Iskef

Officials of the Humanitarian Camp Management in Idlib affiliated with the Al-Nusra Front (currently known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham), are involved in corruption, bribery and theft of UN aid, according to private sources. This situation undermines the humanitarian situation and further and increases the suffering of displaced civilians.

The sources said that the Al-Nusra-run Camp Administration is the main distributor of relief aid to camps. It demands from officials from local councils to hand over a part of the aid to Al-Nusra officials.

In particular, sources revealed that camps in the town of Mashhad Rouheen affiliated in the area of Deir Hassan north of Idlib, recently received an aid in the form of financial vouchers ($150 each). The head of the local council in the city of Maarat al-Nu`man, which includes Deir Hassan , had to pay $30 for each voucher to Al-Nusra.

Camps involved in these corruption schemes receive continuous relief support, while neighboring camps live in difficult humanitarian conditions. People lack even minimal necessities of life such as water and bread.

There are public commercial stores that sell UN aid and relief aid in Idlib. Sources confirmed that the aid trade has become a permanent source of revenue for the Al-Nusra terrorist group, amid the continued suffering of displaced civilians in camps and their denial of access to any real assistance.

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