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US-backed SDF militants shoot dead civilian, injure others in northeastern Syria

An injured Syrian man receives treatment at a hospital in Hasakah after US-sponsored militants affiliated with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) opened fire at a group of demonstrators in the northeastern Syrian city on January 31, 2021. (Photo by SANA)

US-backed SDF militants have shot dead a protester and injured several others in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah amid boiling public outrage over deteriorating security conditions in areas held by the proxies.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources, said the attack came after a group of people staged a demonstration in the provincial capital city of Hasakh on Sunday to voice their resentment over the arbitrary practices of SDF militants.

The US-backed militants then intervened and opened fire at the protesters, leaving a number of them injured. A demonstrator later succumbed to his serious gunshot wounds, the report said.

An injured young Syrian man receives treatment at a hospital in Hasakah after US-backed militants opened fire at protesters on January 31, 2021. (Photo by SANA)

Elsewhere in al-Suwar town of the neighboring Dayr al-Zawr province, a similar rally was staged to condemn the abduction of several young local citizens by SDF militants.

Security conditions have been deteriorating in the SDF-controlled areas in Hasakah, Dayr al-Zawr and Raqqah provinces.

Local Syrians complain that the SDF’s constant raids have generated a state of frustration and instability, severely affecting their businesses and livelihood.

Residents also accuse the US-sponsored militants of stealing crude oil and refusing to spend money on service sectors.

Local councils affiliated with the SDF further stand accused of financial corruption.

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