BEIRUT – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) opened fire on civilians in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, killing five people, including a child.
Seven other people were injured in the shooting, which occurred during protests against the Kurdish authorities’ decision to increase fuel prices amid a widespread lack of essential services such as clean water and fuel. electricity.
The reports came from the Syrian media, which noted that Kurdish-led forces opened fire during a protest by residents of two small towns near al-Shaddadi district south of Hasakah in a predominantly Arab area. .
Two days earlier, the Kurdish authorities – whom Turkey claims to be the Syrian branch of the banned PKK – announced the decision to increase the prices of gasoline and fuel for domestic use, used for generators and cooking, by 300%. .
The Kurdish-led authorities are supported directly by the United States and indirectly by Russia. They operate in an area where, in addition to Kurdish-led forces, there are also US, Russian, Turkish and Syrian government forces.
As a result of the Turkish military operations in the border area and the periodic interruption of water from the Alluk pumping station, the Kurdish authorities have come under pressure from the population due to their difficulties in providing the services. basic.
Social tension is increasing, especially in areas where Arab communities live close to Kurdish communities and in predominantly Arab ones controlled by Kurdish-led forces following the military defeat of Islamic State in eastern Deir al. -Zor in spring 2019..