Members of the Kurdish security forces of Asayish are seen in Syria's Qamishli. Photo: ARA News
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QAMISHLI – Clashes broke out in Syria’s northeastern city of Qamishli between Kurdish security forces of the Asayish and pro-Assad fighters, security sources and eyewitnesses reported on Wednesday.
The clashes, which were described by activists as ‘rare’ since both sides were cooperating in protecting the city against jihadist groups, have caused the injury of two regime fighters and one Kurdish member of the Asayish.
“Both sides exchanged fire from their security checkpoints in central Qamishli, which caused a state of panic among civilians,” an eyewitness told ARA News.
The Asayish and regime troops have installed separate security checkpoints in the city and its entrances in a bid to prevent movement of suspected jihadists across the city, as battles continue between the Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and allied rebels on the one hand, and militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) on the other hand, in the countryside of Qamishli and other areas of Hasakah province in northeastern Syria.
The clashes come after Kurdish security forces arrested some nine regime fighters on Tuesday midnight after one of them opened fire on Kurdish traffic police in the city. The regime forces responded by arresting three Asayish members on Wednesday afternoon, a Kurdish security official told ARA News in Qamishli.
In the meantime, pro-Assad armed units of the National Defence Force in Qamishli arrested dozens of young men in the city under the pretext of military conscription, which raised the anger of the Kurdish authorities that had established a so-called Auto-Administration together with local Christian and Arab groups in northern Syria to run the three regions of Qamishli, Kobane and Afrin.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News