MIDDLE EAST

Syrian tribe condemns YPG/PKK occupation in Deir-ez-zor

A prominent tribe in Syria Monday condemned the occupation of Arab populated areas by the YPG/PKK terror group.

The Uqaydat tribe --which is mostly influential in Syria's eastern Deir-Ez-Zor province-- held a meeting in al-Shuhayl district to discuss the killing of eight civilians by the terrorist group last week.

Anti-YPG/PKK protests have been held in the province for a while. The terror group killed eight civilians in the district center on May 9 and 10 while suppressing the demonstrations.

In a statement released after the meeting, the Uqaydat tribe urged the PKK terrorist group and its Syrian branch YPG to withdraw from the areas it occupied in eastern Syria.

The Uqaydat also called on the U.S.-led coalition to leave these areas which are mostly populated by Arabs to the real owners.

The tribe asked the terror group to release the detainees, evacuate refugee camps likened to the concentration camps and punish those responsible for the killing of eight civilians.

The PKK/YPG had captured the eastern part of Deir Ez-Zor with the support of the U.S. under the pretext of combating Daesh terrorist group.

As Daesh's influence in eastern Syria has waned, the YPG/PKK has prevented displaced Syrians from returning to their homes, drawing accusations that the group is trying to change the region's demographic composition.

In its 30-year terrorist campaign, the PKK -- recognized as a terror group by the U.S., EU, and Turkey -- has taken some 40,000 lives, including women and children.

Turkey has promised a counter-terrorist operation against the YPG/PKK terror group in northern Syria, east of the Euphrates River.

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