The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned today that a meeting of elders and sheikhs of al-Ekydat Tribe; led to the removal of one of its elders who represents the presidency of the tribe council, also members of the “Tribal Council” were appointed, but differences show up and caused the division of tribal elders between supporters and others who were against this new formation.
The statement -a copy of which the Syrian Observatory obtained- said: “in light of the unfortunate events in Deir Ezzor province, and inspired by our principles and values and in to stay true to our history which was full of morals and values in its customs and traditions; where the heroism was its title for the ages, as wisdom was its advantage, and based on our responsibilities towards our people and after discussions and consultations and taking the opinion of young people and intellectuals and those who have the final word in the tribe, and after the developments in Deir Ezzor province and the spread of corruption and crime in an unprecedented manner, and in response to our people, the following was decided unanimously:
1- We support the Autonomous Administration north and east of Syria, and politically we are represented by the Sheikh Riad Ghannam al-Hefel.
- We support the Syria Democratic Forces represented by the Deir Ezzor Military Council and militarily we are represented by Amir al-Bakir.
- The removal of Sheikh Jamil Rashid al-Hefel and permanently excluding him because of being socially unacceptable, and because he does not serve the interests of the tribe.
- The tribal council will be reconstituted.
The “Syrian Observatory” monitored the formation of the tribal council in early 2019 and obtained a video about it.