Assassinations of ex-SDF members continue

Another ex-SDF member has been assassinated in eastern Deir ez-Zor. Unknown masked gunmen opened fire on an ex-fighter of Syria Democratic Forces and another civilian escorting him, in Hawayij village in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor this morning. The ex-fighter died instantly, while the civilian sustained injuries.
It is unclear who the ex-fighter was and who shot him, though SDF-affiliated media state it was probably an ISIS-attack. SDF is a sister organisation of the PKK, which is known to punish its cadre members’ desertion by death.
Syrian Observatory documented the assassination of 169 civilians including 11 children and seven women by armed cells in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, al-Hasakah countryside, al-Raqqah city and countryside, and Manbij area. In addition, 328 SDF fighters, including local leaders, were assassinated in the same areas.

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