In a continuation of al-Raqqah security operation, SDF arrest 25 people east of Deir Ezzor accused of belonging to "sleeper cells" • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

In a continuation of al-Raqqah security operation, SDF arrest 25 people east of Deir Ezzor accused of belonging to “sleeper cells”

Deir Ezzor Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from reliable sources that the Syria Democratic Forces arrested at least 25 people, during raids they carried out in the last 48 hours in al-ShHil town in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, near the east bank of Euphrates River, where the Syria Democratic Forces brought military and security force and imposed a curfew on al-ShHil town, then they raided several houses and arrested people accused of being “sleeper cells” that were planning to carryout targeting operations in the area, where these arrests come after a series of assassinations by unidentified gunmen for members of SDF, some of which were carried out by ISIS members and others by unidentified gunmen.

The sources also confirmed that the raids and arrests in eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor came in a continuation for the security operation in Raqqah, in which more than 200 members of Thowwar al-Raqqah Brigade were arrested, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published 2 days ago that about 5000 members of the security forces, the Syria Democratic Forces, and intelligence members arrived during the hours of last night to al-Raqqah, and surrounded the city and spread in its roads, public squares, and alleys, and then this morning they started to carry out raids, after which they have arrested more than 200 members of Thowwar al-Raqqah Brigade, after carrying out raids on headquarters and houses inside al-Raqqah city and on its outskirts, while the raids and clashes resulted in the death of 4 fighters of the Syria Democratic Forces, while 7 others were injured in these clashes.

While the Syria Democratic Forces justified its alert and curfew they imposed; by saying that they received information that sleeper cells have entered al-Raqqah city to launch an attack and carry out retaliatory operations inside the city and spread chaos, while this alert came after the series of targeting by unknown gunmen for the Syria Democratic Forces; inside al-Raqqah city, its surroundings and its countryside, through bombings and shootings that targeted their members, which killed and injured several them, while the Syrian Observatory published yesterday morning, Sunday, that Thowwar al-Raqqah Brigade issued a statement and the Syrian Observatory received a copy of it, it says:

“Our headquarters in al-Raqqah city and its surroundings are under a treacherous operation by the militia of SDF, during which SDF militia have surrounded our headquarters with members and heavily armed vehicles, we calling upon the International Coalition Forces and especially the United States of America to intervene immediately to stop this treacherous aggression, and we hold them fully responsible for any consequences caused by this operation, and we call upon our people in al-Raqqah to take a real and serious stand with their brothers in Thowwar al-Raqqah Brigade to stand up against SDF and against their repressive and oppressive practices.”, while the Syrian Observatory published on the 27th of May 2018 that areas in Al-Raqqah city have been witnessing tension between the Syria Democratic Forces supported by the International Coalition on one hand, and Liwaa Thowwar Al-Raqqah on the other, since today evening, Sunday the 27th of May 2018, amid mobilizations by each party in the area, accompanied by the sound of sporadic gunfire, amid a demonstration which went out in al-Rumaila neighborhood in the city, in an attempt to prevent the SDF from arresting a commander in Thowwar al-Raqqah Brigade, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the International Coalition’s forces have intervened to settle the ongoing dispute between the SDF and Thowwar al-Raqqah Brigade.

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