After Kurdish tensions in Sinjar, KNC offices in Rojava under attack


Supporters of the PYD and TEV-DEM (R), and KNC supporters (L). File photo

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The Kurdish National Council (KNC) on Friday accused the Kurdish youth group Ciwanen Soresger of burning the Yekiti party building in Qamishi city, in northeastern Syria.

The Asayish security forces of the local administration said they have arrested the perpetrators and will protect KNC offices.

The tensions follow clashes between the Rojava Peshmerga –affiliated to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)– and the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS) –affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)– in the Yezidi region of Sinjar in which several were killed.

The youth group Ciwanen Soresger is seen as close to the Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD) and previously was also accused of burning down the ARTA FM radio station in the town of Amude in April 2016. However, at that time the Kurdish security police announced that the perpetrators were arrested and officials said they received prison sentences.

Moreover, in the town of Dirbêsiyê, the KNC said that ‘PYD forces’ stormed the local KNC office and took down the Kurdish flag.

However, Fidan Hessi, spokesperson of the Asayish forces in a statement said that the security forces of the local administrations led by the PYD on Friday prevented an attack on the KNC office in Dirbêsiyê. They said that they have arrested the perpetrators who burned the Yekiti office in Qamislo.

After the tensions, the Asayish security forces have deployed guards at all KNC offices in northern Syria and called on civilians to stay calm and maintain security instead of carrying out acts that could destabilize Rojava.

In the meantime, a pro-KNC site accused the Asayish of arresting Muhammed Ali, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP-S) of Syria.

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