Hundreds of people have staged a rally in Syria’s northeastern province of al-Hasakah to protest against US and Turkish military deployment to their areas, besides the new financial sanctions that Washington slapped on their country earlier this month.
On Tuesday, local residents of Hamou village held up placards and chanted slogans in condemnation of hostile practices of American and Turkish troops, and denounced the so-called Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act – also known as the Caesar Act, which entered into force on June 17.
The protesters called for a unified front in the face of the unfair economic blockade imposed by the US and its allies on Syria, and the potential impacts of Caesar Act sanctions.
The demonstrators noted that US coercive measures have affected Syrian people and vital sectors in the country, particularly the health sector, setting US flags ablaze.
US-backed SDF militants steal rails in Dayr al-Zawr
In a separate development on Tuesday, US-sponsored and Kurdish-led militants from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dismantled hundreds of meters of railroad in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, and stole them to sell to Turkish scrap metal merchants.
Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing unnamed local sources, reported that the Takfiri militants have stolen large sections of the railroad in Beir Jouaif area, which connects Dayr al-Zawr to the neighboring province of Hasakah.
The sources added that the US-backed terrorists have looted a number of stations in the area, stole their equipment and transferred them on board trucks to their strongholds.
Elsewhere in Hasakah province, SDF militants have prevented the employees of Hasakah General Electricity Company from entering the building.
The director of the company Anwar Okleh told SANA that the US-backed Takfiris have cut off electricity across the province over the past three days, affecting hundreds of thousands of people.
Security conditions are reportedly deteriorating in the areas controlled by the SDF in Hasakah and Dayr al-Zawr provinces amid ongoing raids and arrests of civilians by the US-sponsored militants.
Locals argue that the 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-backed militants of stealing crude oil and failing to spend money on service sectors.
Local councils affiliated with the SDF have also been accused of financial corruption. They are said to be embezzling funds provided