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US-backed SDF militants abduct three Syrian civilians, squat houses in NE Syria: Report

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Militants of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) attend the funeral of an Arab fellow fighter, who was killed in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on April 10, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

US-sponsored and Kurdish-led militants from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reportedly abducted three civilians and squatted several empty houses in Syria’s northeastern province of al-Hasakah.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said SDF members broke into the house of bodybuilding champion Yasser al-Salem in downtown Hasakah city before taking him to an unknown location. The Takfiri extremists abducted two teachers from Owairan neighborhood as well, Syria's official news agency SANA reported.

The sources added that SDF militants also rounded up ten young men in Hasakah city, and forcibly took them to their training camps – a common practice in areas where the US-backed terrorists are active.

Separately, militants of the People's Protection Units (YPG), the backbone of the SDF, squatted a number of empty houses in the southern countryside of Hasakah.

Over the past few months, several rallies have been held in northern and eastern Syria in protest against the SDF, with protesters calling for their expulsion and chanting slogans against their occupation, which has led to chaos, kidnapping, killing and monopoly of Syria's oil.

The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said, in letters addressed to the UN Secretary General and the head of the Security Council, on May 13 that the SDF should be compelled to respect the world body’s resolutions that assert Syria’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity.

The ministry added that the SDF, by committing criminal acts, intends to subjugate Syrian citizens who are demanding their rights and calling for the Syrian government's resumption of carrying out its duties in the eastern part of the crisis-hit Arab country.

“The actions of the SDF and their shameful alliance with Syria’s enemies prove without a doubt their criminal and terrorism nature, and that they do not express the Syrian people,” the Syrian foreign ministry said in the letters.

It also stressed that the massacres committed by the SDF will only bring them disgrace and the contempt of the Syrian people.

The SDF illegally transports crude oil from Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr to neighboring Hasakah province in Syria’s northeast -- a move that has angered local people.

The US has long been providing the SDF with arms and militants, calling them a key partner in the purported fight against the terrorist group of Daesh. Many observers, however, see the support in the context of Washington's plans to carve out a foothold in the Arab country.

Such support has also angered Washington's NATO ally, Turkey, which views YPG militants as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that has been waging a destructive war inside Turkey for decades.

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