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Aleppo rebels get first pay packets
Rebels in Aleppo are lining up to receive their first paycheques since the conflict in Syria began, more than 19 months ago.
Fighters have to stamp the sheet with their thumbprints before being paid $150.
Colonel Abdul Salam Humaidi defected from the army after 30 years in service, because he says the regime is corrupt and sectarian. He’s now the financial official in the Revolutionary Military Council, and is overseeing the first wave of remittance.
The revolutionary military councils are undertaking a project to distribute monthly salaries to the fighters, especially those who are on the front lines. We hope that we will be able to continue testing this project until fighters are secure in their livelihoods."
Although it is not clear who is providing these fighters' salaries, rebels say some of the sources of the money are in Turkey, the Gulf states and Islamic institutions.
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