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SDF Continues Forced Recruitment of Child Soldiers at Secret Bases in Eastern Syria

TEHRAN The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue their pressures to force children into their ranks and train them in their secret military bases in Eastern Syria despite an agreement with the United Nations, the Arabic-language media outlets reported Sunday.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted dissident sources as saying that despite SDF's agreement with the UN not to forcefully recruit child soldiers in Eastern Syria, it still continues to arrest and transfer the detained children to SDF's secret military bases in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

The source noted that the SDF is arresting boys and girls aged under 18 years in areas under its control in Deir Ezzur and Raqqa and transfers them to its secret military bases, and said, "The SDF has recently arrested a 14-year-old child in the town of Ahras in Eastern Aleppo, and forced the kid to join the its ranks."

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) also pointed to the SDF's forced recruitment of 130 teachers in the town of al-Darbasieh in Hasaka province, and said that the SDF's behavior has resulted in a wave of anger by civilians there.

The United Nations reported last Monday that it has reached an agreement with the SDF not to engage in forced soldier recruitment.

In a relevant development on Friday, the SDF continued brutal suppression of popular protests against the SDF in Hasaka province as clashes between civilians and the Kurdish fighters had intensified.

A large number of residents of the towns of al-Salehiyeh, Tal Balal and Mokhtaleh in Western Ra'as al-Ain in Hasaka held protest rallies in front of SDF's al-Mosmakeh, Baladi news website reported.

It noted that the rallies were held in protest at SDF's torching their agricultural lands West of Ra'as al-Ain, and said the Kurdish fighters started to disperse the protesters by opening live fire on them.

Meantime, an SDF military convoy comprising 25 military vehicles attacked the towns of al-Azbeh and Azman in Eastern Deir Ezzur, arresting at least 30 civilians.

Source: Fars News Agency