Kurdish villagers to return home after agreement with Islamic groups



ARA News

Rumelan, Hasakah, Syria − After being displaced for weeks due to the violence that spread across their village, residents of Yusufiya in the Syrian north-eastern oil-rich Rumailan area returned to their homes.

Last week, several meetings were held between the Islamic groups of Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) −who dominated the village earlier this month− and social figures from the Yusufiya village. the Islamic groups and representatives of the villagers reached an agreement according to which the Yusufiya’s residents were finally allowed to return to their homes after weeks of displacement during which they resorted to neighbouring areas fleeing the violence that broke out in the village.

The Kurdish village of Yusufiya, in north-eastern Syria, saw fierce clashes between the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and the Islamic groups of al-Nusra and ISIS last month. Eventually, the Islamic fighters could impose their control on the village as the YPG forces retreated. 

Sources in the village told ARA News that the meetings held between both parties were fruitful, adding that most of the villagers returned to their homes since Monday morning. 

“Unfortunately, we were forced to negotiate the Islamist fighters to allow us to return back home,” one of the villagers said. “We do not wish our village to witness any more violence for any reason.”

According to the agreement, the Islamic groups will retreat from inside the village and install checkpoints near the main road between Yusufiya and al-Jenediya village.  

However, sources inside the Yusufiya village confirmed that the Islamists’ checkpoints still exist in the residential areas.

“Members of al-Nusra and ISIS are still located inside Yusufiya. They did not remove their checkpoints as they confirmed in the agreement,” the source told ARA News on Tuesday. 

The same source said that several houses in the village were burned and others were destroyed due to Septemer clashes betwen the YPG and the Islamic groups. 

“Many residents of Yusufiya need to rebuild their houses, which is very difficult under the current poor circumstances,” he told ARA News.

On the other hand, a number of the Kurdish YPG forces were seen near the Rumela Pashe village, next to the Yusufiya, the fact that caused fears for the residents of Yusufiya from potential renewed clashes between the YPG and the Islamic groups in the area. 


Report by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News


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