BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – Fierce clashes broke out between members of the Abu Khamis tribe and U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) this afternoon following the death of a 40-year-old resident of Al-Mansoura.
According to local reports, members of the Syrian Democratic Forces opened fire on Hamdan Al-Zein after he refused conscription into their group.
Al-Zein reportedly succumbed to the wounds he sustained as a result of the gunshots; this sparked outrage amongst the Abu Khamis tribe and several residents of Al-Mansoura.
Following the death of Al-Zein, the enraged residents of Al-Mansoura began burning the SDF’s checkpoints and attacking installations.
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The Lions of Abu Khamis tribe flipped things in the face of SDF militias in Al Mansoura
They cut the streets, and burned the militia's checkpoints. This video is Mansoura Civilians attacking the outside of a SDF Headquarters pic.twitter.com/3exqAXVjHR
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Al-Mansoura is a town that is located directly east of Tabaqa city; it has been under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces since they began their western Raqqa campaign in 2017.