Leaders of more than 70 Syrian Arab tribes held a conference in the town of Deir Hafer against “foreign and American” intervention in Syria on June 2, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
During the conference, the tribes’ leaders pointed out that the sons of Arab tribes should be on the side of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and should participate in any effort against the forces of Turkey, France or the US on the Syrian territory.
The tribes’ leaders also condemned US President Donald Trump plan to replace US troops in Syria with forces from Arab countries.
In the end of the conference, the Syrian tribes released a statement, in which they stressed their rejection for any foreign military presence in Syria not approved by the Damascus government or cooordinated with it.
According to local sources, the SDF’s security force (Asayish) detained dozens of tribal leaders and Arab public figures who were on their way to attend the conference in Deir Hafer, two days ago. Syrian pro-government activists viewed this incident as clear attempt to sabotage the conference.
Local observers believe that the Deir Hafer conference will increase the public pressure on the Kurdish-dominated SDF, which is already facing great tensions with the Arab population in its areas.