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Syria, boom in weapons sales on social networks for the militias and the population in Idlib

Boom in weapons sales on social networks for the militias and the population in Idlib. The most active markets are mainly on Facebook. Objective: to bypass the controls of HTS and the surcharges imposed by the Qaedist group

The trafficking of weapons to Idlib, to escape the control of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), passes through social networks. It is from Facebook and other online platforms that the minor militias of the Syrian province get their supplies, especially recently. The leaders of HTS, in fact, in last months have tightened control over the circulation of weapons in the quadrant, making sure that any group has to pass by them to buy them. This is for two reasons: on the one hand to make profits thanks to the surcharges applied and on the other to maintain strict control over other formations. However, many sellers have managed to bypass the block by using the network to increase business. prices range from 150 to 400 dollars for a Kalashnikov, against the 700/800 imposed by the Qaedist faction. The same goes for handguns: on social networks there are proposals between 100 and 1000 dollars depending on the model, against the 2000 applied by HTS. The phenomenon has led to a boom in sales, not only among the militias; but also among the local population, increasingly worried about the growing insecurity that is recorded in the area.

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