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Kurdish forces kill civilian in eastern Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

Members of the Kurdish forces killed a civilian in the eastern Deir ez-Zor province Sunday, the Anadolu Agency (AA) reported. 

The victim, identified by his initials A.H.D., was abducted from the village of Direnc earlier Sunday, local sources said on condition of anonymity.

A.H.D. was taken to an unknown location before being shot and killed. The YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) later dropped the body on the outskirts of the village where he was kidnapped from.

The victim reportedly had deep cuts and marks of torture on different parts of his body.

The Kurdish-led SDF spearheaded the offensive that defeated the Islamic State jihadist group's self-declared caliphate in Syria in 2019.

Arab-majority Deir Ezzor province, a resource-rich region which borders Iraq, is bisected by the Euphrates river and is home to dozens of local tribal communities, some of whose fighters joined the SDF in its battle against IS.

The SDF, which includes Kurdish, Arab, Armenian and other fighters, seized swathes of Deir Ezzor province following successive US-backed campaigns against IS.

A semi-autonomous Kurdish administration controls areas in north and northeast Syria, through local civilian and military councils in an effort to stave off Arab discontent, and regularly announces meetings between SDF officials and tribal leaders.

(With AFP, AA)

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