ISIS sparks tribal infighting in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor region

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – The Islamic State Organization (ISIS) sparked on Friday a tribal infighting in a town east of Deir ez-Zor, east Syria.

Today’s evening, ISIS, through close outlets, claimed responsibility for killing the young man Khedeir al-Mahmoud, a member of al-Rifa’i family, in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor.

On Friday morning, a tribal infighting erupted between the families of al-Rifa’i and al-Marsoum in the town of Abu Hamam, 85 kilometers east of Deir ez-Zor, on the back of killing al-Mahmoud.

Al-Mahmoud was member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Two civilians were killed and four others were wounded, as a result.

Residents appealed to the SDF in order to intervene and settle the dispute and stop the bloodshed between the two parties.

This coincided with an IED explosion in a car picking SDF fighters in the town of Gharanij, 90 KM east of Deir ez-Zor. However, no casualties were reported.

Since the new spokesman of ISIS, Abu-Omar al-Muhajir, vowed revenge over the death the two ISIS leaders Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi and the group’s former spokesman, the organization has intensified its attacks east Syria.

On Wednesday, seven employees in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) died and four others were wounded in an attack carried out by ISIS in the northern countryside of Deir ez-Zor.

The attack was described to be “the most violent attack” since the announcement of the revenge campaign.

Reporting by Omar Abdurrhaman