Kurds and Arabs reach agreement in Syria’s Hasakah

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG. File photo

ARA News

Al-Hasakah, Syria – On Thursday, Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) raided the neighbourhood of Aziziya in Hasakah city, northeastern Syria. Members of the YPG launched a campaign of arrests in the neighbourhood looking for several wanted men accused of links to Islamist militants. Local sources reported that the YPG imposed a blockade on al-Ghazl Street in the neighbourhood, where the houses of the wanted men were located.

“Hassan al-Weizi, 34, is the most wanted man in Hasakah,” a local source (who preferred anonymity) told ARA News on Thursday. Backed by other gunmen, al-Weizi reportedly attacked a YPG-led vehicle in Hasakah.

As members of the YPG opened fire in Gazl Street, the 23-year-old brother of al-Weizi, Ibrahim al-Weizi, was shot dead. Fares Saeed, 28, was also killed by gunfire of the YPG in the same neighbourhood on Thursday.

YPG-linked sources reported that Hassan al-Weizi has links with the Islamic State (IS) “and he has repeatedly demanded that IS militants enter Hasakah and fight against the YPG forces”.

Hassan al-Weizi reportedly left his house before the YPG’s attack.

Following the YPG’s (military arm of the Democratic Union Party ‘PYD’) raids, the victims’ families (who belong to al-Hassoun and al-Juhaish Arab clans) showed readiness to take up arms and repel the YPG attack in an attempt to lift the siege imposed on civilians in al-Ghazl Street, local sources reported.

On the other hand, Tuesday an improvised explosive device planted by unknown persons exploded near the building of the regime’s Criminal Security Branch in the district of al-Nashwa in central Hasakah, injuring one of the branch’s members.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, civil rights activist Ismail Ali said that the road to Beiruti bridge at the entrance of the Geweran neighbourhood in Hasakah was opened on Wednesday evening, in order to ease the movement of citizens and university students in the city after an agreement was signed between the Kurdish forces of the YPG and Arab gunmen of Ahrar Geweran to end the two-month conflict and exchange prisoners between both sides.

Informed sources told ARA News that the agreement between the YPG and rebels of Ahrar Geweran was signed on Saturday, August 16, where the people of the Geweran neighbourhood and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) were the main negotiating parties. However, the agreement was sponsored by the regime police chief, Major General Haseeb Nadeem Tahan in his office in al-Hasakah city.

The agreement included the release of all detainees held by the YPG and mutual ceasefire between the two sides, in addition to the full withdrawal of the YPG fighters from the opposite side of Geweran neighbourhood in al-Askariya area “because it is a civilian area”, according to the negotiators. Thus, both parties will avoid direct contact which in turn will avoid civilians’ exposure to arbitrary arrests or attacks based on ethnicity.

According to the source, the Negotiating Committee included Hassan Mohammed al-Muslit, Abdullah Mijwil al-Huraith, and Rashad Alewi, the exchange of prisoners took place in front of the house of al-Huraith between the two bridges in the downtown.

The agreement, which was supervised by officials of the Syrian regime in al-Hasakah, led to the release of 15 prisoners of Geweran, while Ahrar Geweran rebels freed the YPG fighter Khoshman Ramadan, who was arrested one week ago.

Noteworthy, the Geweran neighborhood is experiencing complete calmness since both sides agreed to and signed the ceasefire.

 

Reporting by: Zaradasht Khalil and Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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