Raqqa tribes reject Syrian government’s settlements

RAQQA, Syria (North Press) – In a statement on Tuesday, the sheikhs and dignitaries of the tribes of the city of Raqqa, north Syria, rejected the settlements announced by the Syrian government.

Media websites close to the government published news about the start of reconciliation process with the people of Raqqa in the city of Sabkha, 30 km southeast of Raqqa.

The tribal sheikhs and notables rejected the government’s calls for the people of the region to go to settlement centers, considering such calls a threat to the stability of the city and its countryside.

The statement was read in the guest house of the Sheikh of al-Afadelah tribe, Huweidi Shlash al-Mijham, in the al-Mashlab neighborhood in the southeastern part of Raqqa.

“The goal of issuing the statement was to show the tribal position that completely rejects the calls for settlement announced by the Syrian government,” Muhammad al-Jassem, the sheikh of al-Bu Mani’ tribe, said.

“The Syrian government has not provided any vision for a solution over the past years and has always targeted the areas of northeast Syria through its sleeper cells and people affiliated with its agenda,” Jassem added.

“The Syrian people, including the members of the tribes, should not forget what the Syrian government has done over the past ten years in terms of killing and displacing Syrians,” he told North press.

He pointed out that the Arab tribes “disavow anyone who tries to reconcile with the Syrian government, and the Autonomous Administration should take the same position.”

The settlements that the Syrian government is holding in Deir ez-Zor, northeast Syria, target the social fabric in the region, Amina Ossi, the co-chair of the Executive Council of the Autonomous Administration, said on January 6.

In mid-November, 2021, the Deir ez-Zor Legislative Council issued a decision that anyone reconciled with the government would be fired from the Autonomous Administration institutions or civil organizations.

Reporting by Ammar Abdullatif