Syria Islamists tighten siege on Efrin city

Efrin city. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Efrin, Syria- Al-Tawheed Brigade, one of the factions affiliated with the Islamic Front in Aleppo, laid a new siege on the predominantly Kurdish city of Efrin in northwetsern Syria because of some disputes with the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) –which is in control over Efrin. Al-Tawheed decision coincides with a one-year siege laid on the city itself by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The siege imposed on Monday by al-Tawheed Brigade from the side of Azaz city and other directions leading to the city comes after few weeks of a unique agreement between YPG and some Islamic factions affiliated with “the Joint Chamber of Ahl al-Sham”, which aims to strengthen the siege laid on the regions of Nobbol and Zahra –which subordinates to the pro-Syrian regime forces. The agreement allows the forces of each party to pass through the checkpoints of the other.

One of the Free Syrian Army’s informants told ARA News “the siege is economical and will be laid from the sides of Azaz and Darat Izza. Civilians’ movement will not be restricted. However, food items will not be provided to the city”.

The same source added, “the siege represents the Brigade’s reaction on the decision of Efrin’s Kurdish Assayish forces (affiliated with the Democratic Union Party PYD) not to mortgage, rent or sell houses to people who are not from Efrin, under penalty and accountability”.

Efrin’s Assayish forces issued, few days ago, a law preventing selling, mortgaging or renting houses or any other properties to the non-citizens of Efrin without referring back to one of their strongholds, threatening of seizing the property as well as arresting the seller, purchaser and the contract regulator. Moreover, the Assayish prevents renewing any old contracts for non-Efrini people.


Reporting by: Jiwan Efrini

Source: ARA News

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