The tribal leaders of Deir Ezzor and Al-Raqqa issued a statement this weekend that called on their fellow Arabs to fight against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Syria.
Per the statement, the tribes of Al-Raqqa and Deir Ezzor call on Arabs within the SDF to defect; if the refuse, they will be labeled an enemy.
The statement comes after the tribal leader Sheikh Bashar Faysal Al-Huwaydi was killed in eastern Syria.
Huwaydi was the leader of one of the largest tribes in northern Syria; he was assassinated by unknown assailants in Raqqa city.
He was reportedly assassinated after leaving an SDF commander meeting in Raqqa city.
The Arab tribes have accused the SDF of assassinating him