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Demonstrators in eastern Deir al-Zor demand SDF to release detainees

Editing: Radwan Al-Homsi |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/06/29 10:53

Deir al-Zor - SMART

On Monday, dozens of people demonstrated in the town of Garanij, 90 kilometers east of the city of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), demanding to release detainees in the SDF prisons.

The SDF are mainly comprised of the Kurdish People's Protection Units in addition to Arab, Turkmen, and Assyrian/Syriac military factions. The SDF is supported by the United States-backed International Coalition against the Islamic State and fought them in al-Raqqa, Deir al-Zor, Aleppo, and al-Hasakah in Northeastern Syria.

A source from the Deir al-Zor Military Council, affiliated with the SDF, reported to SMART that the demonstrators demanded the SDF to reveal the fate of detainees and to release them. The demonstrators also raised banners that read, “Freedom for the detainees” and, “We will continue our peaceful revolution.”

The source, who preferred to stay anonymous, clarified that the SDF detained several people without sending them to trial so far and without revealing their fate. The SDF detained most of them after it accused them of terrorism, affiliating with the Islamic State or the Syrian government forces.

Earlier, dozens of people from the town of Abu Hammam, 75 kilometers east of Deir al-Zor, demonstrated against the SDF, demanding improvement of services. On Apr. 25, 2019, shop owners protested against corruption and lack of services provided by the SDF Civil Council.  

Several demonstrations rose in the SDF-controlled areas in Deir al-Zor to demand the improvement of health and education services. The demonstrators also demanded the SDF to allow them to refine oil amidst the lack of job opportunities in the region.