Deadly violence has flared again in the east of Syria, where factional fighting has followed increased political tensions along the eastern bank of the Euphrates.
Armed confrontations between the Syrian Democratic Forces and groups from the Military Council of the Deir ez-Zor province led to a two-day curfew imposed by the SDF’s internal security arm, known as the Asayish.
The authorities said the move over the areas they control there was aimed at "preventing the exploitation of the current situation by armed groups affiliated with the Syrian government and (Daesh) cells." The SDF also pledged to "restore stability" to various areas as part of a campaign to enhance security.
An arrest led to the renewed confrontations. The SDF held Ahmed Al-Khabil, the leader of the Military Council, accusing him of ties with the Damascus regime and Iranian factions stationed on the western bank of the river.
Alongside various criminal charges, the SDF accused Al-Khabil of physical assaults against citizens and running smuggling operations over the Euphrates, in violation of commitments made to the SDF.