SDF arrests 22 men in town, western al-Raqqa

Writing Kaled Abdul-hamid | Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Glory Jabr | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: January 25, 2019, 12:36:42 PM wire MILITARY People's Protection Units

Al-Raqqa - SMART

On Thursday night, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrested 22 men in the town of al-Mansoura, 28 kilometers west of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria. Earlier, security tension rose after the people held the funeral of a man killed by the Asayish forces during an attempt to arrest him.

Local sources reported that the SDF launched an arrest campaign in the town against men from the families of al-Thari, al-Hantoush and al-Aboudin, on charges of participating in riots. Meanwhile, the Asayish forces imposed a curfew for the third day in a row.

The tribal dignitaries in the area held the funeral of Zein al-Zein, from the al-Bukhmis clan. The Asayish forces killed al-Zein while trying to arrest him to enlist him in SDF ranks.

In a statement, the SDF said that what happened in al-Mansoura was part of what it called "obscurantist forces" to spread fear and prevent stability. The SDF added that a group of sleeper cells incited the people to carry out subversion acts, adding that its forces took the required measures responsibly.

Al-Mansoura is considered necessary due to its geographic location being the last SDF-controlled town in southern al-Raqqa, bordering areas controlled by the Syrian government forces and their allied militias.

Tensions rose between the SDF and the tribes of al-Raqqa. Some considered dealing with the SDF treachery. Earlier, the al-Halisat tribe called on the International Coalition to release the detainees in SDF prisons. Also, a delegation of tribal dignitaries demanded the al-Raqqa local council to stop compulsory recruitment.

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Writing Kaled Abdul-hamid | Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Glory Jabr | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: January 25, 2019, 12:36:42 PM wire MILITARY People's Protection Units
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