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People demonstrate against SDF local councils in Deir al-Zor

Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/07/03 18:53

Deir al-Zor - SMART

On Friday, people demonstrated against the corruption in local councils of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the SDF-controlled town of al-Azbah, north of the city of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.

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 private source from the SDF Deir al-Zor Military Council, reported to SMART that dozens of people from the town and displaced people demonstrated against administrative corruption in local council of the area, demanding to dissolve the Deir al-Zor Civil Council. The demonstrators also demanded distribution of oilfield profits to citizens.

The source added that the demonstrators cried out against the Syrian government forces and Iranian militias, demanding to expel the latter from villages they control in eastern and northeastern Deir al-Zor. The demonstrators also confirmed the continuation of the Syrian Revolution.  

On July 2, 2020, hundreds of people demonstrated against the SDF in the town of Granij, eastern Deir al-Zor, demanding improvement of live conditions and security situation in the area.

On June 8, 2020, several demonstrations rose in the villages of al-Azbah, Souaydan, and Jdaidat Akidat, protesting poor living conditions and corruption in local council of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration.

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.