On May 26, thousands of Arab took at streets in the districts of Geweran and al-Nashuah in the southern part of al-Hasakah city to protest against the forcible recruitment into ranks of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Baladi News reported.
Local sources said that the protestors had burned tires at the entrance of Geweran and al-Nashuah and managed to expel the SDF’s security forces (Asayish) from the two districts.
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In response to the protests, Asayish forces deployed several units around Geweran and al-Nashuah and closed the entrance of the two districts. Several protestors, including minors, were also arrested by Asayish forces, according to Enab Baladi.
Locals of the northern city of Manbij organized a general strike on May 20 also to protests against the SDF conscription law. Back then, Asayish forces opened fire at some closed shops and broke into many others in the districts of al-Saraya and Dwairat al-Hadrah.
According to Syrian opposition activists, the tensions between Arab and the SDF in al-Hasakah are still high and the situation may escalate in the upcoming hours, as the Kurdish-dominated force appears to be willing to impose its conscription law.