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Sere Kaniye, Syria – The Kurdish security forces of the Asayish in the city of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) in Syria’s province of Hasakah carried out Tuesday a campaign of arrests against young Kurdish men who refuse to join “compulsory military service”.
The arrest took place under the pretext of “Self-Defense Duty in Rojava” (Syria’s Kurdish areas), where Kurdish forces are combatting the extremist Islamic State (IS/ISIL).
Several Asayish-held security checkpoints were erected across the city’s streets, where dozens of young men were arrested and taken to the main detention center in Sere Kaniye, awaiting transfer to the fighting fronts, official sources said.
Speaking to ARA News in Sere Kaniye, Haji Muhammad Ali, a member of the Asayish forces, said “This campaign comes in the context of enforcing the previously announced conscription law and those young people, who were taken today, have already been notified to attend the service for over two months.”
“However, they did not attend, so they were arrested to perform their duty,” he added.
This comes amid intense security deployment in the city in addition to the installation of new checkpoints inside Sere Kaniye and at the border with Turkey –north of the city.
“This is a routine procedure done at the checkpoints, but after Hasakah’s bloody bombings 0n March 20, (where more than 60 civilians were killed) we intensified guards at checkpoints inside the city of Sere Kaniye,” said Ali, pointing out that the barriers deployed in the city are linked to the local councils of the city’s districts, “and we share information for security reasons”.
The duty of Self-Defense law, which is popularly known as “conscription law”, in the areas held by the PYD-linked Auto-Administration, has been imposed on the young people who are between 18 and 30 year-old to undergo military training for six months and join the fighting fronts against the IS group in Northern Syria.
Reporting by: Haitham Haji
Source: ARA News