Syria calls on UNSC to stop US-backed SDF attacks
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Syria calls on UNSC to stop US-backed SDF attacks

Over the past weeks, several rallies have been held in protest against SDF practices, calling for their expulsion from the region, with protesters chanting slogans against the SDF occupation, which has led to chaos, kidnapping, killing and monopoly of Syria's oil. The Syrian Foreign Ministry said in letters addressed to the UN Secretary-General and the head of the Security Council on Monday that the SDF should be compelled to respect the world body’s resolutions that assert Syria’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, according to Syria’s official news agency SANA. The ministry added that the SDF, by committing criminal acts, intends to subjugate Syrian citizens who are demanding their rights and calling for the Syrian government's resumption of carrying out its duties in the eastern province. “The actions of the SDF and their shameful alliance with Syria’s enemies prove without a doubt their criminal and terrorism nature, and that they do not express the Syrian people,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in the letters. It also stressed that the massacres committed by the SDF will only bring them disgrace and the contempt of the Syrian people. Back in late April, hundreds of people took to the streets in the northeastern Syrian towns of al-Busayrah, Masheikh, al-Tayyana as well as the villages of Tal al-Dhaman, al-Namliyah and Tayyeb Al Faall to protest the presence of SDF militants, rising cases of abduction and assassination in their areas and plunder of Syria’s oil wealth by the US-sponsored forces. Local sources said the Kurdish-led militants fired indiscriminately at demonstrators in al-Tayyana to disperse the protest, with reports falling short of giving any details on the number of possible casualties. The SDF illegally transports Dayr al-Zawr’s crude oil to neighboring Hasakeh province in Syria’s northeast, a move that has angered the people. The US has long been providing the SDF, an alliance of Kurdish alliance, with arms and militants, calling them a key partner in the purported fight against the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group. Many observers, however, see the support in the context of Washington's plans to carve out a foothold in the Arab country. Such support has also angered Washington's NATO ally, Turkey, which views militants of the People's Protection Units (YPG), the backbone of the SDF, as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The PKK has been waging a destructive war inside Turkey for decades.

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