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The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Ras Al Ain crossing crisis | Clashes among Turkish-backed factions leave casualties, calls for demonstration in front of the crossing, and Turkish forces appoint new police chief

The Syrian Observatory has monitored this evening clashes inside the city of Ras al-Ain (Seri Kani), between Turkish-backed factions, following a dispute over the appointment of the director of the Ras al-Ain crossing. The clashes took place between “Shield of Hasakeh” and al-Muwali clan supported by “al-Hamza division”, leaving three people dead and five wounded on both sides.

Activists in Ras al-Ain city called for demonstrations and sit-ins on Friday in front of the crossing to protest the appointment of the new director of the crossing.

Meanwhile, Turkish forces have appointed a new commander of the military police in Ras al-Ain (Seri Kanie), due to the security chaos in the city.

The local council of Ras al-Ain city has suspended its work in the city today, protesting the appointment of a director of the border crossing from outside the area.

The city of Ras al-Ain and countryside witnessed anger and popular discontent, due to the attempt of the factions and Turkish forces to exclude them from the administration of their areas. After the appointment of the so-called “Ahmed Bulat” from the city of Bazza’a in the northern countryside of Aleppo, with the support of his brother, the leader of the Turkish-backed “al-Hamza division”, as director of the Ras Al Ain commercial crossing.

According to Observatory sources, four candidates with university experience from Ras al-Ain and countryside stood for the gate administration’s position and were all rejected.

On August 17, Syrian Observatory activists monitored tens of people demonstrating at the border crossing with Turkey in Ras Al-Ain city (Sere Kaniye), which is under the control of “Peace Spring” factions in the north countryside of Al-Hasakah.

The demonstrators called upon Turkey to interfere and put an end to the Turkish-backed factions’ violations.

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