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Deir ez-Zor residents protest rule by Syrian Kurdish group

The Deir ez-Zor military council, affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has been firing on protesters and believes they are being fed anti-SDF propaganda by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
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ALEPPO, Syria — Security conditions are deteriorating in the areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Syria's Deir ez-Zor province amid ongoing SDF raids and arrests of civilians. At the same time, SDF officials accuse the Syrian regime of working to turn public sentiment against them.

Journalist Suhaib al-Jaber, based in Hasakah province, told Al-Monitor, “The SDF’s constant raids and arrest campaigns have generated a state of frustration and instability for the people, whose businesses and livelihoods have stopped due to this chaos. The SDF's repressive policy against the peaceful movement also played a part in this frustration.”

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