Kurdish National Council condemns Syrian regime attacks on civilians in Hasakah

Kurdish fighters seen during clashes with pro-regime forces in Syria's Hasakah city. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

HASAKAH – The Kurdish National Council (KNC) condemned the Syrian regime attacks against civilians in Hasakah, and called on both sides to stop the fighting.

The KNC, the main de-facto opposition group against the Democratic Union Party (PYD), said it wants the fighting to stop between the pro-PYD forces and regime troops, and demanded allowing the Syrian Kurdish Rojava Peshmerga, trained by the Kurdish government in Iraq, to enter the region. 

The PYD and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) have rejected the entry of rival military forces, suggesting it could lead to “a civil war” among Syrian Kurds. 

Speaking to ARA News, Kurdish politician Zara Salih said: “I think the current situation in Hasakah at some points seems different from the other times, and Syrian regime wants to send new messages to the PYD.”

Salih said the ongoing happenings might an indication for the formation of new relations between Turkey, Iran, and Russia against the Kurds. “The Kurds should pay attention to the serious new political changes and being ready for that and they have to urgently reach an agreement in both political and armed domains,” he said.

“The KNC wants both sides to stop, and said it’s the time for Rojava Peshmerga to enter. After the Hewler and Duhok agreement [between Syrian Kurds], the KNC and TEV-DEM [a pro-PYD movement] agreed to protect the Kurdish region side by side,” he said. 

Salih also accused the Syrian government of trying to carry out demographic changes. “The regime is trying to conduct a demographic change now in Hasakah because most of the Kurds where forced to leave their homes due to the deteriorating security conditions,” he told ARA News.

Moreover, Salih said that the KNC previously called on the YPG to kick out the Syrian regime from the Kurdish areas.

“The KNC has already called for that and said to them: you don’t need to go so far in Arabs’ cities such as Manbij or Al-Bab, you should start from Qamişlo [major Kurdish city] to kick out the regime, but it is a bit complicated and needs strategic change, and I don’t think will happen in the next few days or months,” he said.

The YPG and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) consider Al-Bab and Manbij to be very strategic in order to unite the Kurdish canton administrations from Cizire, Kobane, until Efrin.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News

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