ARA News

Hasaka, Syria– For the third day respectively, Hasaka city in northeastern Syria saw a security tension and a state of anticipation after the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) seized the Arab city of Tel Birak north of Hasaka city.  

Jiwan Issa, a resident of the predominantly Kurdish district of Salihiya in the city of Hasaka, told ARA News that an armed Arab group took to the street in Aziziya district and continued their threats to the residents of the Kurdish district of Salihiya −which is controlled by the YPG. 

“The YPG fighters and the Assayish forces (linked to the Democratic Union Party PYD) installed checkpoints between both districts (Salihiya and Aziziya) to avoid clashing with the armed protesters after the dead body of a fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who was killed in the clashes in Tel Birak arrived in Aziziya district,” Issa said. 

A media source in the city of Tel Birak told ARA News that the YPG fighters stormed several houses where ISIL fighters were based, and seized a number of vehicles used in military operations. The source added that a 10-year-old girl was killed during the YPG-ISIL clashes in the city.

“Some parties claimed that the YPG fighters committed a massacre against civilians in Tel Birak, but that is absolutely untrue,” the source added. 

According to the media source, a local committee reached an agreement with delegates of the PYD (political leadership of the YPG and Assayish forces).

“Both sides agreed to end the sedition in the area, to allow the return of the displaced people and the withdrawal of the YPG fighters from the city after forming local armed force,” the source reported. 

Notably, YPG’s military operations came in revenge for the killing of 40 of its members in an ambush planned by Islamist battalions in Tel Birak and Tel Hamis north of Hasaka in December 2013. 


Reporting by Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News


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