Sheikh Shlash Ghaniemi, a Syrian Arab tribal leader and Public Relations and Reconciliation Officer at the Manbij Executive Council, was assassinated on Tuesday in the city of Manbij in northern Syria.
Ghaniemi was reported dead after a bomb attached to his car exploded at the entrance of the city of Manbij on 17 July. So far, it’s unclear who is behind the attack.
In the past, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) officials have accused Turkey of carrying out assassinations such as the killing of Abdulsettar Al-Cadiri, who used to head the SDF-linked Jarabulus Military Council, in August last year.
Moreover, ISIS has carried out attacks on pro-SDF officials in the past few years but often claimed responsibility.
Faisal Al-Shlash, the cousin of the Sheikh Shlash Ghaniemi, said on behalf of the Ghanayem Tribe during the funeral of the tribal leader that Manbij lost one of the symbols of the city.
“Today, a symbol of symbols of the city of Manbij is Sheikh Shlash. We have the honor of martyrdom of the sheikh of martyrs who have been subjected to treachery and tell these traitors that your treachery and betrayal will not deter us from our work, and we pledge to the martyr to complete the path he took in the service of this nation,” he said.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News
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