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Syrian Arab tribes put Kurdish administration on notice

Syrian tribal leaders based in northeast Syria are calling out Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces over the killing of young tribesmen at the hands of the SDF in demonstrations against the increase of fuel prices.
A Syrian farmer watches buffalos as they drink on the shores of the Tigris River in al-Malikiyah (Derik) in the northeastern Hasakah province, Syria, Oct. 31, 2020.
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Major Arab tribes in northeastern Syria recently issued an ultimatum for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the killing of several tribesmen during the protests that broke out in Hasakah province in the wake of a May 17 decision by the Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria to raise diesel and fuel prices.

On March 19, the sheikhs of the Bakara tribe based in the opposition-held city of Azaz issued a statement, mourning the death of several members of the tribe’s al-Burahma clan who were killed during peaceful demonstrations in Hasakah. The statement said that the SDF has killed Salih al-Hamadi, Adnan Abdullah and Daham al-Ani in its crackdown on protesters in the town of al-Shaddadi and in Abadan.

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