"The SDF men are on alert as their measure has [further] enraged civilians in Northeastern Syria."
September 23, 2018
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in an unprecedentedly large arrest operation in Hasaka and Raqqa provinces, on Sunday captured 1,200 young men under a forced recruitment plan.
A local source said that the SDF has detained 800 of the captured young men in Hassan Darwish base and sent 400 more to a base in Tal Abyadh.
The source went on to say that the SDF men are on alert as their measure has enraged civilians in Northeastern Syria.
On Saturday, the SDF opened fire at people in the village of al-Khalediyah near the town of Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa, killing a villager. The clashes in al-Khalediyah came after the SDF arrested young men under the forced recruitment plan.
In the meantime the SDF arrested several young men in the town of Tabaqa in Western Raqqa to force them to join the militias.
A number of people in al-Savameh square in Raqqa city were arrested by the SDF for an alleged attack on the militia's base.
Also, a gunmen of the SDF was killed in a bomb blast in the small town of al-Karamah in Eastern Raqqa, field sources said, adding that the body of an SDF militia member has also been discovered in Raqqa city amid intensified attacks by unknown raiders against the militia.