Kurdish YPG fighters resting at a checkpoint near Afrin, northwestern Syria. File photo
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AFRIN – Hundreds of displaced people arrived in the Kurdish city of Afrin after escaping the increasing violence in Aleppo city in northwestern Syria.
Kurdish police force of the Asayish said in a statement that they have heightened security measures to prevent threats to the Kurdish city. Kurds are afraid of potential infiltration by jihadist groups.
Kurdish authorities in Afrin [known as Efrîn in Kurdish] reported that thousands of civilians from the towns of Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor, Maskana and Azaz have recently arrived to the eastern outskirts of Afrin, nearby the Qatma checkpoint, looking for shelter.
Afrin hosts thousands of Syrian IDPs in the region.
Noteworthy, Kurdish forces have been providing help for displaced people since clashes increased in northern Aleppo, also known as the al-Shahba region.
The local security police known as Asayish register the IDPs and then allows them into Afrin.
“They go to stay with their families in Efrîn, or are brought to the Rubar camp,” Kamal Sido, a consultant for the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), told ARA News.
Unlike other areas in Syria, Afrin is safe for displaced people, according to Sido.
“It’s not bombed by the Russians and Americans, and the local authorities in Efrîn have a multi-religious project, and do not discriminate Arabs,” he said.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News