"I look after these people, I give them bread and water since the state is not capable of doing so," Zaayter said, gesturing angrily. "I am a wanted man, but I am wanted by a bunch of thieves and I have more honour than all of them.
"Once there is a state functioning in this country and a proper judicial system, I will be the first to turn myself in," he added. "But I am not going to surrender to a bunch of thieves."
Mohammed Shammas, a local farmer, said villagers feel indebted to Zaayter.
"He is a generous man and what the authorities are doing to him is unfair," Shammas said. "They charge him with anything bad that happens in the region but if it weren't for him some people here wouldn't survive."
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