Pro-Assad militias fight each other in Deir Ezzor

deirezzorafpahmBEIRUT – Pro-Assad militias have reportedly engaged in fighting against each other in Syria’s Deir Ezzor, where regime forces are encircled by ISIS.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Thursday that combatants in the National Defense Force (NDF) that serves as an auxiliary for the Syrian army exchanged gunfire with members of Army of Tribes, a loyalist militia made up of members of the Al-Shaitat tribe.

The monitoring NGO tracking developments in the war-torn country did not go into details on the cause of the clashes, reporting only that a civilian was injured as a result of the firefight.

A local activist group reported that the fighting kicked off after Army of Tribes militiamen and members of the Al-Busrayah tribe in the local NDF contingent got into a “verbal argument” that degenerated into brawling and a gunfight.

The NDF rushed reinforcement to the site of the engagement to back the Al-Busrayah tribesmen, Deir Ezzor 24 also said.

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