Civilians fear resumption of clashes between Syrian regime and Kurds in Qamishlo

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Kurdish Asayish members during clashes with pro-reigme militants in Qamishli. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

QAMISHLO – The Kurdish security police of Asayish called for calm in Syria’s northeastern Kurdish city of Qamishlo (Qamishli), after civilians started leaving the city subsequent to the spread of rumors over a possible resumption of clashes between the Kurdish forces and pro-regime militias.

Heavy clashes erupted between the Kurds and the Syrian government forces in late April. However, following negotiations between the government and the Kurdish leadership, a deal was made to stop the fighting that claimed lives of dozens, including civilians.

Nevertheless, civilians still fear the resumption of fighting.

On Thursday evening, clashes in Nusaybin, across the border in Turkey, increased between a youth militia affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Turkish security forces.

The sounds of explosions and fighting raised fears among the civilians.

“Before, a rocket came from Turkey and hit the central market of Qamishlo city, so the people were scared,” Kurdish rights activist Abdulsalem Mohamed told ARA News in Qamishlo.

“Also, people are still scared after the April clashes, because a lot of them were stuck in their shops until the next day,” he added. 

“So whenever they hear the sound of bullets, they hurry up to leave their hometown,” Mohamed said.

The Asayish police said in a public statement that the recent gunshots were from the Turkish border, and not inside Qamislo city. The police called on people not to believe the allegations and rumours, and report those who promote these allegations to the Asayish department.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg 

Source: ARA News 

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