YPG Kurdish fighters during clashes against ISIS militants in southern Hasakah. Photo: ARA News
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AMUDE – The local self-administration of Syria’s Kurdish region on Thursday blamed Turkey and Iran for the attacks by the Baath-regime on Kurdish positions with airstrikes in the city of Hasakah.
On 13 August, Iranian FM Mohammed Javad Zarif and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu met to discuss recent Turkish meetings with Russia. In a press statement after the meeting, Cavusoglo said that Turkey does not see any difference between the Kurdish forces of Syria’s PYD, Turkey’s PKK and Iran’s PJAK.
The self-administration says the recent attacks are related to the successes of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) over ISIS in Manbij and plots by regional countries.
“The Syrian regime is apparently working with some regional countries and especially Turkey, which intervened directly in Syria and Rojava,” the Kurdish administration said in a statement.
“This is an indication of coordination between Turkey, Iran and the Baathist regime in Syria, to stop the implementation of the democratic project in northern Syria and Rojava,” the administration said.
Kurdish positions were for the first time hit by airstrikes on Thursday in the Kalasseh and Mahatta neighborhoods in Hasakah city. At least five civilians were killed and dozens more wounded in the regime bombardment in the Kurdish-held neighborhoods. Also, the city saw a wave of displacement among the people who tried to head to more stable areas in the province. Meanwhile, a number of civilians remained stranded in Hasakah’s conflicted areas where clashes continued between the Kurdish Asayish forces and the pro-regime troops.
Kurdish YPG spokesperson Redur Xelil on Friday confirmed the regime attacks, but said this is the first time airstrikes are being used against Kurdish positions in Hasakah.
“This happened after SDF and YPG have achieved victories against Daesh [ISIS] to empty the meaning of Manbij liberation. Because they see the defeat of Daesh as their defeat,” Xelil said.
Kurdish officials suggested that the Assad regime took a suicidal decision by striking their positions on Thursday.
“We will not stand idly towards these brutal attacks and those whose hand are stained by blood,” Xelil said.
Speaking to ARA News, Mansour Saloum, co-head of the Rojava’s democratic federal council, said that what’s going on in Hasakah “is a plot prepared by the Syrian regime to stop the victories being achieved by Syrian Democratic Forces on the ground.”
“It is a plot by frustrated forces which couldn’t provide anything for their people. This indicated that the regime doesn’t want any peaceful solution for the Syrian crisis, since it’s actions are related to outside agendas” Saloum argued.
Clashes resumed between Kurdish forces and pro-regime troops in Hasakah last Friday after a ceasefire failed between the two sides. The YPG also denied that a new ceasefire was in place, and that bombing and clashes continued.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg and Jan Mohammed
Source: ARA News