Clashes in Kur­dish City Cause Ten Casu­al­ties North Syria

ARA News

Muntasir Mirzo –Till Temir

On Thurs­day, the city of Till Temir wit­nessed spo­radic clashes between the Kur­dish forces of Pop­u­lar Pro­tec­tion Unites (YPG) and an Arab armed group, result­ing in ten casu­al­ties among both sides.

Till Temir, mainly pop­u­lated by Kurds, was claimed dom­i­nated by the YPG forces –the armed wing of the PKK affil­i­ated Demo­c­ra­tic Union Party (PYD)– since few months. It is unknown whether the Arab fight­ers belong to the forces of the opposition’s Free Syr­ian Army, and the FSA didn’t claim involve­ment in Thursday’s clashes in the north-​eastern city.

 

A num­ber of res­i­dents in Till Temir revealed to ARA News that some anony­mous armed men attacked their houses and com­mer­cial premises on Wednesday. 

The clashes took place when the YPG fight­ers attacked a check­point sit­u­ated by the alleged armed group at the entrance of the city, caus­ing sep­a­rate clashes con­tin­ued until Thurs­day midnight.

Res­i­dents told ARA News that mem­bers of Ghuraba al-​Sham –a brigade from the FSA– inter­vened to stop the clashes, call­ing on both par­ties to restrain. Cur­rently, the city is rel­a­tively calm with fears of renewed fighting.

More­over, the Kur­dish promi­nent polit­i­cal leader Mustafa Farhan was abducted by fight­ers from the same armed group dur­ing the clashes on Thurs­day, and his des­tiny is still unknown. Farhan is a mem­ber of the recently founded Kur­dish Coun­cil for Civil Soci­ety in the neigh­bor­ing Sere Kaniye city, and his fel­low mem­bers and fam­ily are try­ing cur­rently to reach nego­ti­a­tions with the kid­nap­pers to release the Kur­dish leader.

Worth men­tion­ing is that the Kur­dish region in Syria has recently wit­nessed remark­able devel­op­ments in sev­eral areas regard­ing vio­lence and clashes between the oppo­si­tion fight­ers and the régime’s forces after a rel­a­tive sta­bil­ity over the two-​year-​old upris­ing in the country.

Source: ARA News

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