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Unidentified gunmen shoot dead US-backed SDF militant in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr

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)
In this file photo, US-backed militants from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gather at the al-Tanak oil field as they prepare to assault Daesh terrorists near the eastern Syrian city of Abu Kamal close to the border with Iraq. (Photo by AFP)

Unidentified armed men have shot and killed a militant affiliated with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr as security situation is deteriorating in areas controlled by the US-sponsored and Kurdish-led militants.

Local sources, requesting anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that the gunmen opened fire on the militant in al-Busayrah town, which lies southeast of the provincial capital city of Dayr al-Zawr and more than 450 kilometers (280 miles) northeast of the capital Damascus, on Thursday, killing him on the spot.

The development took place only a day after unknown gunmen fatally shot another SDF militant at the al-Hawl refugee camp in the neighboring province of Hasakah.

Security conditions are reportedly getting worse in SDF-controlled areas in Hasakah and Dayr al-Zawr provinces amid ongoing raids and arrests of civilians by the militants.

Locals complain 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-sponsored militants of stealing crude oil and refusing to spend money on services sectors.

Local councils affiliated with the SDF have also been accused of financial corruption.

Syrians protest against SDF militants, US forces in Hasakah

Also on Thursday, dozens of people staged a rally in Hasakah province to demand the withdrawal of US military forces and their allied SDF militants from their area.

Local sources told SANA that residents of al-Jisr village demonstrated to express their opposition to the presence of American soldiers, arbitrary practices of SDF militants and their plunder of Syria’s natural resources. There were no reports of clashes.

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