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Qamishli, Syria – On Saturday, the Assayish forces (security arm of the Democratic Union Party ‘PYD’) started implementing the law of conscription (duty of self-defense) in several cities of al-Hasakah province, northeast of Syria, local sources reported.
The campaign is aimed to enforce the participation in the ranks of the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG), which fight against militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) in northern Syria; mainly in Kobane
Local activists from the city of Qamishli told ARA News that the PYD-linked Assayish installed checkpoints at the city’s main streets, to arrest young men between 18-30 years old.
Rolan Muhammad, an activist based in Qamishli, said that the Assayish forces have arrested a dozens of young men in the city “in order to join the compulsory military service”, others were arrested in the shops located on the street leading to Amuda (20 km west of Qamishli).
“Some parents started to hide their sons to prevent their arrest,” Mohammed said.
Speaking to ARA News in Qamishli, the civil rights activist Salam Ahmed said that the PYD-linked Assayish forces raided a number of houses and arrested young men.
“They stormed some neighborhoods and arrested a number of young men by force, obliging them to take part in the ongoing conflict,” Ahmed said.
In Amuda, the activist Welat Bashir told ARA News that members of the Assayish arrested about 20 men on Saturday, causing a wide range of anger among the residents, who condemned their sons forced participation in the current war.
Omar Hussein, from the city of Derbassiyeh, said that the Assayish forces carried out arbitrary campaign of arrests, capturing at least six young men in the city.
Activists from areas of Chil Agha (Jawadiya), Derik (Malikiya), and Tirbespi (Qahtaniyah) reported to ARA News similar cases of arrest which reached most of the region’s youth, who were taken to areas under the control of the PYD-linked Assayish security forces.
In the area of Chil Agha, according to local activists, several delegations from the region headed to the headquarters of the Assayish there, demanding these forces to reveal the destiny of their young sons. However, the Assaish official responded to the youths’ parents that it is a political decision and they implemented it in accordance with their duty, adding that they will send back all those whose ages do not match the law of compulsory service.
Reporting by: Rudi Ahmed
Source: ARA News