During the last period, Deir Ezzor 24 network carried out an awareness-raising campaign that targeted the civilians and military personnel in Deir Ezzor, under the title “No weapons”.
At first, the campaign was launched on (25-July- 2019) in areas of the eastern Deir Ezzor countryside (eastern Euphrates), such as the cities of Ash-Shahil and Al-Bussairah, and the areas of Al-Shaitat and al-Suwar. It included several activities, such as the distribution of awareness leaflets, urging the people of Deir Ezzor to stay away from the indiscriminate use of weapons. The campaign focused on the youth, who are the most people using weapons indiscriminately especially in weddings and celebrations, and some times during conflicts or even fighting for personal motives.
The network also carried out meetings on the ground with many actors, tribal figures, and influential community figures, in addition to groups of young people, during which it explained the dangers of the indiscriminate use of weapons, discussed their use in the areas of Deir Ezzor, and showed examples of many incidents that led to negative consequences, some of which claimed innocent human lives.
In its second phase, “No Weapons” campaign was carried out by Deir Ezzor 24 network in the countryside of Hasakeh governorate in Al-Shaddadi city and Tel Hamis town, and in Al-Suwar city in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside for the second time. The campaign was favorably recieved by the people of the mentioned areas, as they have suffered a lot from the uncontrolled and indiscriminate use of weapons by civilians, who use them commonly in weddings, fightings and parades, which have caused many tragedies among the people of these areas.
The administrations of the areas of Tel Hamis, Al-Shaddadi and Al-Suwar praised the campaign and called for its continuation, as it has a positive effect in facing this negative phenomenon.
It is indicated that “No Weapons” campaign is continuing and will reach other areas in Deir Ezzor countryside, and the provinces of Raqqa and Hasakeh, until it achieves its goals in reducing the disasters caused by the indiscriminate use of weapons.