The eastern province of Deir Ezzor has witnessed a wave of displacement over the past few days, due to clashes between fighters from Arab tribes and the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), due to violations committed by the latter against civilians in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, according to what residents of those areas accuse it of.

Fear of arrest

With the escalation of violence there, a number of residents in some areas were forced to leave, the most prominent of which was in the northern countryside of the governorate, where the village of "Al-Rabida" witnessed an almost mass displacement of people towards their relatives in the village of "Abu Al-Naitel", but their displacement was not only due to clashes, but also due to fear of arrest, as happened with the people of some neighboring villages, where activists estimate the number of detainees in those areas at about 150 civilians.

Salem al-Ali, a pseudonym, confirms when he tried to cross the Euphrates River and take refuge in the Hawija area in the middle of the river, after fleeing the battle areas.

Speaking to Al Jazeera Net, Al-Ali says that he was forced to stay inside Hawija for two days with many people, without the slightest necessities of life, stressing that forces from the regime and the "SDF" targeted that area with machine guns, forcing them to leave swimming to his country "Sabha" in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

Tankers on the shore of the Euphrates River bring water to the people after the cessation of water stations in areas of the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor (Al-Jazeera)

Serious dangers

Several dangers lie during the attempt to cross from the SDF-controlled areas across the Euphrates River to the eastern bank where the Syrian regime is controlled, where the displaced are forced to use river boats called "the cruiser", and the people are forced to do so due to the destruction of all bridges on the Euphrates River.

Many cases of killing and drowning were recorded during the displacement journey, as the SDF forces opened fire towards a family who decided to return to their home in the town of "Dhiban", east of Deir Ezzor, killing the child Ahmed Ismail Al-Khater and wounding others, in addition to the drowning of the child Hamid Al-Quwaider, while displacing across the Euphrates River.

In this context, Ahmed Al-Zuhdi paid a large sum to flee with his family from the "Dhiban" area to the city of "Al-Mayadeen" across the Euphrates River, despite the great risk he faced with his family and almost lost his life.

Speaking to Al Jazeera Net, Al-Zuhdi added that all families cross in small groups, to avoid gathering on the Euphrates beach, for fear of drawing attention to the drones used by the SDF.

Salem al-Rayes, a resident of al-Bahra, said he preferred to stay in the town over displacement, despite the difficulties in securing basic needs, refusing to risk the lives of his children.

Scarcity of goods inside the vegetable market in Al-Shaitat, which is under the control of the SDF in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor (Al-Jazeera)

Lack of basic materials

The clashes caused severe shortages of basic foodstuffs in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, and markets are almost empty of goods, mainly due to the interruption of the road between Deir Ezzor and Hasaka governorates, which are the governorate's main artery of goods, according to Yasser al-Sheikh, director of the Sama organization operating in Deir Ezzor province.

Speaking to Al Jazeera Net, Sheikh explained that drinking water stations also stopped working due to the lack of diesel, in addition to the sabotage of some of those stations, and many ovens stopped due to the lack of flour and high prices.

A number of actors in villages and towns in rural areas have established local committees to manage civic life, he said.