QAMISHLI – Clashes erupted between the Kurdish security police of Asayish and the Syrian regime near the security square in the city of Qamisli killing at least four people.
A fighter of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) –who assisted the local Kurdish police forces in the clasehs– told ARA News that at least two members of the Asayish were killed, and two civilians were killed by regime sniper fire, after the Syrian government militia of National Defense attacked a patrol of the Asayish.
Members of the Kurdish security police could be seen bringing civilians in safety in the city. Moreover, Kurdish special units called HAT were reinforcing the Asayish in the city.
“After regime forces attacked the Asayesh forces in Qamishli city this morning and two members of Asayesh died and other injured, heavy clashes are continuing now in Qamishli city between Asayesh and regime forces,” Massoud, a local journalist told ARA News. “The regime does not believe in Kurdish rights in Syria, and they were angered by the federal declaration by the Kurds,” he said.
An Asayish official confirmed to ARA News the death of 8 pro-regime militants and the arrest of several others by the Kurdish forces.
Also, YPG member Aras Xani wrote on twitter that at least 8 fighters of the Syrian regime were killed. “The Asayish killed 8 fighters of the regime-affiliated militia,” he wrote. “HAT Asayish Special units are surrounding regime bases in Qamislo [Qamishli], and clashes continue, Asayish is deploying more and more special units in the clashes with the Syrian regime militia [of National Defense],” he added.
Speaking to ARA News, Nicholas Heras, a Washington-based Middle East researcher at the Centre for a New American Security, said: “The problem from the regime’s perspective is that the Americans are doubling down support for the Syrian Democratic Forces coalition [SDF] to fight ISIS, which includes more US resources on the ground.”
“This means that Assad regime paramilitary forces in Hasakah governorate, which the regime uses as the primary source of its force presence in the governorate, are becoming even less powerful than the Syrian Democratic Forces on the ground,” he added.
A local source suggested the clashes took place after the National Defences Forces militia tried to detain Sayar, a member of the traffic police belong to the self-administration in Jazira Canton. The Kurdish Asayish intervened, leading to heavy clashes.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News