Aug 08, 2020 07:14 UTC
  • Infighting erupts among Turkish-backed militants over stolen objects in northern Syria

Fierce clashes have broken out among Turkish-backed Takfiri militants in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province following dispute over distribution of stolen objects and occupation of local people’s houses.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources, reported that the infighting erupted between two rival militant groups in Umm Ashba village, which lies north of Abu Rasin town and near the border with Turkey on Friday.

Sources said both sides used various types of weapons during the skirmishes, which badly damaged locals’ houses as well as their properties.

Moreover, US-sponsored militants affiliated with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have abducted a number of civilians as people staged a rally in Syria’s northeastern province of Dayr al-Zawr to demand the withdrawal of US military forces and their allies from the region.

SANA reported that the Kurdish-led Takfiris raided al-Kassar camp on the outskirts of al-Shuhayl town, rounded up several people and took them away to an unknown location.

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

Locals complain that the US-backed SDF’s constant raids and arrest campaigns have generated a state of frustration and instability, severely affecting their businesses and livelihoods.

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. They are said to be embezzling funds provided by donors, and failing to provide basic public requirements.