Syrian protesters call for withdrawal of US occupation forces from Hasakah
Iran Press TV
Monday, 30 November 2020 6:43 PM
Hundreds of people in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah have staged demonstrations to protest the deployment of US military forces in their areas and the arbitrary measures of US-sponsored and Kurdish-led militants from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Lebanon-based and Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network reported that residents of several villages, including al-Salaliyah, al-Dinanir, al-Raqi, al-Suhail, Rajman and Sakher, in the southeastern flank of the province took to streets on Monday to express their resentment over the deteriorating living conditions in their regions, reject US sanctions and demand withdrawal of US troops.
A number of locals in al-Shaddadi also demonstrated in the main street in the town to protest the SDF's constant raids and arrest campaigns.
The demonstrators blocked the main road with chunks of stone and burning tires to demand the release of a number of young people recently detained by the US-backed Kurdish-led forces.
Since late October 2019, the United States has been redeploying troops to the oil fields controlled by Kurdish forces in eastern Syria, in a reversal of President Donald Trump's earlier order to withdraw all troops there.
The Pentagon alleges that the move aims to "protect" the fields and facilities from possible attacks by Daesh, ignoring the fact that Trump had earlier suggested that Washington sought economic interests in controlling the oil fields.
Security conditions are reportedly deteriorating in the areas controlled by the SDF in Hasakah and Dayr al-Zawr provinces amid ongoing raids and arrests of civilians by the US-sponsored militants.
Locals argue that the SDF's constant raids and arrest campaigns have generated a state of frustration and instability, severely affecting their businesses and livelihood.
Residents accuse the US-backed militants of stealing crude oil and failing to spend money on service sectors.
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