Çelebi (tribe)

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The Çelebi are a Kurdish tribe or clan inhabiting the Mardin Province of southeastern Turkey.

They are involved in a long running land dispute with the 1,600-year-old Syriac Orthodox Mor Gabriel Monastery.[1] They were involved in the 2009 Mardin engagement ceremony massacre.

They are known for their closeness to the Turkish state.[1] They have been accused of participating in the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and they are currently allied to the Turkish government in its fight against the PKK (Kurdish) insurgency.[1]

Tribe member Süleyman Çelebi is a member of the Motherland Party.[2]