In the latest incident of violence by ISIS, the group’s fighters targeted the house of an oil well investor in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, Syria. Local sources report that the attack took place in the town of Hawayij Ziban, which is located 45km east of Deir ez-Zor.
According to the sources, the ISIS militants used RPG-7 and machine guns to attack the house of “Ghadif al-Hamoud”, who is an oil well investor. The attack is believed to be in retaliation for the businessman’s refusal to pay Zakat, which is a form of almsgiving in Islam that is used to purify wealth.
This attack is part of a recent uptick in violence by ISIS against investors and businessmen in Syria. The group is said to be launching a financial war by imposing Zakat on oil well investors to fund its activities. The attacks have resulted in the deaths and injuries of many innocent people, including the relatives of the targeted investors.
The situation in Syria remains precarious, and the actions of ISIS only serve to exacerbate the ongoing conflict. The international community must work together to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis and put an end to the violence perpetrated by groups such as ISIS. In the meantime, innocent civilians continue to suffer the consequences of these attacks, and their lives are forever changed by the senseless acts of terrorism.