Pro-Assad militia target Kurdish residents of Hasakah

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Assad supporters in Hasakah city, northeast of Syria. File photo

ARA News 

Hasakah, Syria – Pro-Assad militants of the National Defence launched on Wednesday morning a campaign of arrests in the central market of Hasakah city in northeastern Syria.

According to local sources, the arrest campaign targeted the Kurdish residents of Hasakah. Dozens of civilians were reportedly captured by the National Defence militants and taken to the central prison of the city.

“The arrests were on racial basis (Kurdish identity) where every suspected citizen to be a Kurd was arrested,” a local shopkeeper, preferred anonymity, told ARA News. “A state of panic spread among the city’s Kurds, and most of them closed their shops and suspended their works due to fear of arrest by the National Defence.”

Members of the pro-Assad National Defence militia (which is in control over several districts in Hasakah city)

This development came in response to the operations of the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) which took part in clashes against the National Defence militia and arrested a number of the latter’s members in al-Aziziya and al-Nasr districts in Hasakah city earlier this week.

On Tuesday, the YPG forces (military wing of the Democratic Union Party PYD) took control over the regiment Fire Department in central Hasakah after two days of clashes with members of the National Defence.

According to the YPG Media Center, 20 fighters from the National Defence militia were killed and 15 others were injured, while 5 YPG fighters were killed during the recent clashes in Hasakah city.

Yusuf Mohammed, a resident of the YPG-held Salihiya neighbourhood in Hasakah, told ARA News that calmness prevailed in the Salihiya and Mufti districts on Wednesday, “but people are afraid of going out because they are afraid of being captured by the National Defence militants”.

“Telephone lines are also cut from both neighbourhoods since Tuesday,” he added.

 

Reporting by: Sipan al-Kurdi

Source: ARA News

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