Assad regime incites sedition between Kurds and Arabs in Hasakah: Activists

YPG Capture Local Regime Base In Al-Hasakah After Heavy Fighting. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – Pro-regime militias fired with light and medium weapons the the al-Matar neighborhood (Mahatta) in the city of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, amid a state of panic among civilians –who fear the renewal of clashes between Kurdish forces and pro-regime gunmen in the city, pro-regime military sources reported.

The tension renewed, especially after the redeployment of the Kurdish Assayish forces (security arm of the Democratic Union Party “PYD”) in the streets surrounding the Assyrian church in the Tel Hajar neighborhood of the city of Hasakah city.

Speaking to ARA News, a pro-regime military source said (under the condition of anonymity) that the shooting launched from the headquarters of the pro-Assad militia of the National Defense “was an expression of joy after the Shiite group of Hezbollah announced killing four Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon”. 

On the other hand, the Media Center of the Baath Brigades in Hasakah (linked to Assad regime) announced Wednesday the kidnapping of Alhaji Abu Maryam, a Hezbollah cadre close to the Syrian Arab Army in Hasakah by what he described as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). 

Additionally, the PKK members removed the image of President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian flag from the Sabbagh roundabout at the northern entrance of Hasakah, which was controlled by the People’s Protection Units (YPG) (affiliated with the PKK) following clashes in the city earlier this week.

In the meantime, the Baath Brigade’s MC reported that Arab University students, cannot access their colleges located in areas held by the Kurdish forces of the YPG, adding that students were not allowed to take their exams as a result of the security situation. 

A. Khelil, a student of the Faculty of Science in Hasakah, denied the statement of the Baath Brigade, saying that the Arab students “are not exposed to any harassment by the Kurdish checkpoints”. 

“While the Kurdish students whose colleges are located in areas held by the pro-Assad National Defense Army fear arrest, based on previous incidents,” Khelil told ARA News.  

The Syrian regime intends to open new examination centers for Arab students in the city of Hasakah. 

“The announcement of opening examination centers for Arab students is a chauvinistic step and tends to create sedition between Arabs and Kurds in the city,” Khelil said. 

Over the past two weeks, the city of Hasakah saw fierce clashes between the Kurdish forces and the pro-Assad National Defense gunmen causing casualties on both sides, as well as a killing number of civilians. The majority of the Kurdish neighborhoods in Hasakah saw a mass displacement towards the stable northern cities in the province.


Reporting by: Zozan Shekho  

Source: ARA News

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