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AUGUST 2020

Ten Killed In Tribal Clashes In Syria’s Deir Ezzor

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Ten Killed In Tribal Clashes In Syria's Deir Ezzor

Illustrative image, By: sdf-press.com

Heavy clashes broke out in the town of Mashikh in southeast Deir Ezzor on May 24 when an old tribal conflict was reignited by the growing ISIS threat.

According to local sources, the clashes began when the al-Kbisah tribe held the rivaling al-BuFriu tribe responsible for a threat one of their men received from ISIS. Fighters from al-Kbisah carried out a series of attacks on the al-BuFriu-controlled area in Mashikh.

The clashes lasted for several hours, with both sides using light and heavy weapons. As a result, a man from al-Kbisah and nine from al-BuFriu were killed. Many others were reportedly injured in the clashes.

The Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC), the local faction of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), dispatched a large force to Mashikh. The clashes were ceased. However, tension is still high in the region.

“Significant tension in the region at these moments, it was not mitigated by the deployment of DMC forces in the areas of clashes,” the Jisr Press said in a report.

Two years ago, al-Kbisah and al-BuFriu attacked each other over a disagreement on oil wells in their region. Since then, the two tribes have been involved in multiple smaller incidents in southeast Deir Ezzor.

Clashes in Mashikh revealed the weakness of local authorities in northeastern Syria. The rule of law is especially weak in the Arab-majority areas, where the Kurdish-led SDF has very little influence over local tribes on internal issues.

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  • nyomarek

    Imagine a Michigan tribe holding the rivaling Ohio tribe responsible for a threat one of their men received from ISIS.
    Up in arms the Michigan tribe go and their fighters carry out a series of attacks on nearby Ohio areas in the US. The President hears this and sends a missile attack on Michigan cities as a retaliation..

    • Something like that is probably not far off in the future, actually

  • Al Balog

    I sense that American dollars were behind this…

    • Icarus Tanović

      Me too…

      • Mustafa Mehmet

        Now makes big difference with arus agreeing to

    • Always blaming US and not looking at yourself.

      • Mustafa Mehmet

        As always they always blame America or Israel nothing new

        • Cromwell

          Thats because they are always behind the trouble.

  • Liberal guy

    Fools tribes fighting in the holy day of Eid these desert tribes really hv no sence

  • Cromwell

    Thats it,there is only one tribe that should matter,thats the tribe of Syria,these idiots never learn,they open themselves up to be divided and exploited by outside forces,