Distrust of SDF, unclear future divide Syrian tribal massacre area

Al-Monitor traveled to the Shaitat area of Deir ez-Zor, scene of a 2014 massacre in which up to 1,000 mostly men and boys were killed within a few weeks after the tribe rose up against the Islamic State, to understand how the people there are dealing with the Kurdish-led SDF.

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters stand on a roof next to their flag in the village of Baghouz, Deir ez-Zor province, Syria, March 24, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images

ABU HAMAM, Syria — Along the Euphrates nearby, regime soldiers can be seen walking calmly on the other side. Fishing boats leave from this “opposition-held” bank and no one shoots.

Tall grass abounds along both sides as well as on the small islands in the middle, used in August 2014 by some to hide amid a massacre of as many as 1,000 mostly men and boys after their tribe, the Shaitat, rose up against the Islamic State (IS).

Deir ez-Zor province

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