Kurdish forces demand civilians evacuate Syria’s Hasakah

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Kurdish civilians leading their houses in Hasakah. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Amuda, Syria – Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) called upon residents of the Khashman area and other Kurdish neighborhoods in the city of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, to evacuate their houses before Tuesday midnight. 

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, M.A. from the Khashman area said that the YPG forces asked them to leave their homes before Tuesday midnight, pointing out that the clashes between the YPG and the pro-regime militia of the National Defense Army may renew at any moment.

The Kurdish fighters of the YPG (backed by Assayish forces) have been battling pro-Assad gunmen in the city of Hasakah for more than a week. 

Mahmoud Birko, a Kurdish resident of the Tel Hajar neighborhood in Hasakah, reported that Kurdish military reinforcements has arrived to the area.

“The Kurdish forces are in a state of high alert. They are watching the situation with great concern, particularly as tension prevails in the city since the morning,” Birko said.

A commander in the National Defense militia, who preferred anonymity, stated to ARA News that the Arab tribes in Hasakah attended a meeting with Maj. Gen. Mohammed Kaddour, the military governor of Hasakah, in which he demanded the Arab tribes to recall all their sons from the YPG ranks, pointing out that all who won’t comply will be treated as enemies.

The commander added that the tribal leaders demanded Major Kaddour arm their sons, but the latter rejected the demand, calling on tribal members to join the Syrian regime and the Defense Army militia.

 

Reporting by: Jumana Ali

Source: ARA News  

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