Checkpoints constrain civilians’ movement in Syria’s northeast

A regime-held security checkpoint in Hasakah city, northeast of Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria− Residents and students of Qamishli city in northeastern Syria suffer from the road linking the city with Hasaka due to a number of checkpoints held by the regime, from one side, and the Popular Protection Units (YPG), on the other, where they check IDs making students and employees late for their universities and jobs.

The constant and moveable regime-held checkpoints are deployed in several neighbourhoods inside Hasaka Qamishli, as well as the main road between both cities.

While checkpoints held by the YPG −linked to the Democratic Union Party (PYD) gather on the International Highway and on the roads linking the main cities of al Jazeera region (Hasaka province), one in each direction, as well as a number of checkpoints deployed inside these cities. Militants from the Assayish forces can also be found in the security bases of the PYD-led “Democratic Self-management”.

Diyala Othman, a student at al-Furat University in Hasaka, talked to ARA News about the harassment she and her peers face on the regime-held checkpoints, saying: “They boldly search the bags of female students, and the long stop makes us late.”

Shyar Khalil, a resident of Qamishl city, also told ARA News “It’s unbearable. The way used to take 45 minutes to one hour, but now it takes us more than two hours to reach the city of Hasaka.” 

A number of these checkpoints −whether held by the regime or the YPG− were exposed to some suicide bombings by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other Islamic forces, attempting to control the region.


Reporting by: Judi Aziz

Source: ARA News

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