DAMASCUS (Dispatches) -- Kurdish-led militants from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reportedly been caught smuggling women with affiliation to the Daesh terrorist group in Syria’s northwestern province of Aleppo.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that two SDF members were caught at a checkpoint in the city of Manbij northeast of Aleppo attempting to smuggle out five female members of the terror outfit.
SDF forces rounded up the two fellow militants who were smuggling Daesh women in exchange for $10,000 each, the Britain-based monitor further noted.
The women were smuggled out of the Al-Hawl refugee camp close to the Syria-Iraq border, said the observatory, adding that it is not the first time such smuggling attempts have taken place at the camp.
Al-Hawl camp is largely inhabited by Daesh militants and their family members, particularly after the Takfiri terrorists were driven out of their last bastion in eastern Syria.
Over the past few months, several rallies have been held in northern and eastern Syria in protest against SDF practices, calling for their expulsion. Protesters are demanding an end to the SDF occupation, which has led to chaos, kidnapping, killing and monopoly on Syria's oil.
The Syrian foreign ministry said in letters addressed to the UN chief and head of the Security Council on May 13 that the SDF should be compelled to respect the world body’s resolutions that assert Syria’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity.
The ministry added that the SDF, by committing criminal acts, intends to subjugate the Syrian citizens who are demanding their rights and calling for the Syrian government's handling of affairs in the country’s east.
"The actions of the SDF and their shameful alliance with Syria’s enemies prove without a doubt their criminal and terrorism nature, and that they do not express the Syrian people,” the letters said.
They also stressed that massacres committed by the SDF will only bring them disgrace and the contempt of the Syrian people.
The SDF illegally transports crude oil from Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr to neighboring Hasakeh province in Syria’s northeast -- a move that has angered the people.
The U.S. has long been providing the SDF with arms and militants, calling them a key partner in the purported fight against Daesh. Many observers, however, see the support in the context of Washington's plans to carve out a foothold in the Arab country.
The support has angered Turkey, which views militants of the People's Protection Units (YPG), the backbone of the SDF, as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
The PKK has been waging a destructive war inside Turkey for decades.