Syrians protest against US-backed SDF militants in Hasakah

Syrians have staged a protest in northeastern Hasakah province to condemn the presence of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed anti-Damascus alliance of mainly Kurdish militants.

The demonstration took place near the town of al-Shaddadah, south of Hasakah, on Friday.  

The Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported that the demonstrators were residents of “al-Bajdali, al-Hariri and Al-Hana al-Sharqiyah villages from the al-Muhasen/al-Jabbour tribe in the al-Shaddadi countryside.”

The protesters tried to reach Shaddadi, but the Kurdish forces, known as Asayish, blocked their way, according to the report.

They were angry about the killing of a young man and the wounding of several others by the SDF militants. 

The demonstrators also called for the withdrawal of the US forces from the area and the return of the Syrian army.

On Thursday, al-Shaddadah was the scene of a similar protest against the SDF.

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