These ethnic tensions are boiling over in eastern Syria's Deir Ezzor province, illegally occupied by the US and its SDF partners, as the Arab majority resists Kurdish rule.
Syrian media and activists reported that the SDF imposed the indefinite measure across a handful of towns in Deir Ezzor including Ziban, located close to the border with Iraq. Arab gunmen took over several positions in Ziban on Monday, during which a number of SDF fighters were killed, according to the pan-Arab TV station Al Mayadeen.
The SDF issued a statement saying the gunmen entered Ziban while "under cover of random artillery shelling" coming from the province's government controlled town of Mayadeen. In Deir Ezzor, Damascus controls the area west of the Euphrates River, while Washington and their SDF proxy occupy Deir Ezzor east of the river. The Kurdish-led forces have accused the Syrian government of allowing the Arab militiamen to cross the Euphrates River.