SDF arrests gunrunners in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – On Saturday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in partnership with the US-led Global Coalition forces, arrested gunrunners in the eastern and western countryside of Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria.

A military source from the town of al-Zer, 35 km east of Deir ez-Zor, told North Press that through a joint raid with the Global Coalition, the SDF arrested a civilians kidnapper and the largest gunrunner between the Autonomous Administration and the Syrian government areas.   

The source added, that after initial investigations with him, he admitted that he was smuggling weapons and kidnapping civilians and taking them to the government-held areas in return for sums of money. 

Also today, the SDF, with the participation of the Global Coalition, arrested three other people on charges of distributing and smuggling weapons in the western countryside of Deir ez-Zor.  

From time to time, the SDF and the US-led Global Coalition launch security campaigns to control the crossings and pursue the ISIS sleeper cells in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor.

Yesterday, two ISIS members were killed in an SDF and Global Coalition airdrop in the town of Thiban, 50 km east of Deir ez-Zor.  

Reporting by Muhammad Ali