Tribal Clashes Erupt for Second Day in south Syria, 16 Killed
Witnesses coming from Syria said that the bloody clashes that broke out in Suwaida in the south of Syria between Bedouins and farmers on Monday renewed Tuesday afternoon, resulting in 16 other fatalities and dozens of injuries after the security forces lost the control they maintained overnight on the battle field.
Monday’s clashes led to the death of 10 and the injury of several before order was restored. Syrian top officials arrived in the scene in a bid to stop the bloodshed that was triggered by a dispute over a grazing area.
The witnesses added that fighting resumed when the Bedouins were supported by large numbers of their relatives who arrived in the area armed with machineguns and grenades.
Sources told Albawaba.com that Monday’s clashes erupted after a group of Bedouins shot and killed a 17-year-old school student. Suwaida is the center town in the Druze Mount area, 90 kilometers to the south of Damascus.
The witnesses said that army units and police forces were blocking all the roads leading to the city center.
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