Following violent rivalries | Turkish forces arrest dozens of elements of their proxy factions in Ras Al Ain
Al-Hasakah provinc – Syrian observatory of Human Rights: Sources in the city of Ras Al Ain (Sere Kaniye) in “Peace Spring” areas in al-Hasakah countryside have informed the Syrian observatory of Human Rights that Turkish forces and the Military Police arrested dozens of members of “al-Sultan Murad, Al-Hamza Division and Ahrar al-Sharqiyah” factions after fierce fighting in the city of Ras Al Ain, in the few past days. Meanwhile, the city of Ras al-Ain is still witnessing a complete curfew, along with continued security campaign and deployment of Turkish forces throughout the city’s neighbourhoods.
SOHR activists documented on Monday that the city of Ras AL-Ain was witnessing a curfew and a total closure of the city’s markets, with a substantial deployment of military police and Turkish armoured vehicles, coinciding with the continued military reinforcement of the fighting factions in the city, after fierce clashes in the previous hours, in which more than 120 members of various factions participated. It’s worth noting that targeted homes injured four civilians, while several Turkish-backed fighters were killed and wounded in the clashes, amid popular fears of renewed infighting. Some people fled their homes near conflict zone.
Furthermore, SOHR sources reported yesterday fierce clashes in Ras Al-Ain city (Sere Kaniye), as a part of the raging conflict among Turkish backed factions there. According to SOHR sources, the city experienced violent guerrilla warfare since early morning, during which heavy weapons, including heavy machineguns, RPGs and mortars, were used, amid confirmed reports of casualties among the conflicting factions.
The clashes erupted on Saturday among several groups of “Sultan Murad”, which evolved to the engagement of Ahrar Al-Sharqiyyah and Al-Hamza Division into the clashes, where the clashes raged at midnight, after the conflicting factions had brought in reinforcement and support to the city. Meanwhile, Turkish forces stationed in bases and posts inside Ras Al-Ain city and near the border crossing were seen on high alert, as the clashes were near these positions. On the other hand, SOHR activists monitored growing popular anger over the violent battles and the use of heavy weapons in the residential neighbourhoods, which created a state of panic among the residents. Meanwhile, people expressed their anger on social media over the repeated fighting and rivalries in full view of Turkish forces. it is worth noting that the city has experienced armed fight for the third consecutive day, as well as the repeated and periodical conflicts among the Turkish-backed factions.
On 17 April, SOHR sources reported clashes between military groups of “Suqur Al-Shamal” faction and another group affiliated to “Sultan Murad” faction in Ras Al-Ain city in Al-Hasakah countryside, where the conflicting bodies used heavy machineguns. The clashes left casualties on both sides, while the reasons behind these clashes remained unknown.
“SOHR camera” captures the curfew in Ras Al-Ain city (Sere Kaniye) following the violent fight among Turkish-backed factions yesterday.