Clashes break out between Kurdish Asayish forces and Syrian regime troops in Hasakah


Civilians escape the location of clashes that broke out between the Asayish and regime forces in Hasakah. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

HASAKAH – Clashes broke out on Wednesday between the Kurdish Asayish forces and the Syrian regime troops in the city of Hasakah in northeastern Syria.

At least two civilians were killed and six more were wounded due to the indiscriminate shelling by the regime troops and gunfire by the Asayish in central Hasakah.

“The clashes broke out due to growing rifts between the pro-regime troops and Kurdish fighters over power in Hasakah city,” a local media activist told ARA News. 

Several mortar shells fired by the regime forces hit residential buildings and the Assyrian Church in central Hasakah. Also, an Asayish car was burned by the regime forces, according to local sources. 

The Kurds and the regime forces share control in Hasakah. Each group has installed own security checkpoints across the city to protect areas of control.

“Wednesday’s violence indicate that the relevant stability which Hasakah city used to enjoy apparently has come to an end,” the source said.  

In the nearby city of Qamishli, similar violence took place in April. Three days of clashes claimed lives of dozens from both sides, beside the death and injury of over 30 civilians. The clashes ended after a ceasefire agreement was reached, while Kurds took over several regime positions in the Kurdish city. 

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste

Source: ARA News 

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