In northeast Syria, local Arab tribes have been fighting the Syrian Democratic Forces led by Kurdish militias for days. Dozens of people died as a result.
According to activists, at least 52 people have been killed in fighting in eastern Syria since the beginning of the week. Among them should also be a child and five other civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. According to this, at least 58 other people are said to have been injured in the fighting that has been going on since Sunday between fighters from local Arab tribes and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) led by Kurdish militias. Fighting in Dair al-Saur is the worst in the area in years, according to the London-based observatory.
Arrest was the trigger of the fighting
The fighting was triggered by the arrest by the SDF of the chairman of the military council of Dair al-Saur and other members of the tribe. Those arrested were accused of corruption and espionage, among other things. The SDF, led by Kurdish militias, are a close US ally in the fight against Islamist terrorists in Syria. Turkey, in turn, is taking military action against the SDF.
The US, meanwhile, called on all parties to de-escalate the situation and resolve it peacefully. The US Embassy in Syria posted on Platform X, formerly Twitter, on Friday: “The United States is deeply concerned by the recent violence, including the deaths in Dair al-Saur, Syria.” The US military had previously demanded: “The violence in north-eastern Syria must stop.”
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