Al-Qamishli | Asayish Forces capture the entire neighbourhood of Halkou and advance into Tayy neighbourhoods, amid fierce battles with NDF • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Al-Qamishli | Asayish Forces capture the entire neighbourhood of Halkou and advance into Tayy neighbourhoods, amid fierce battles with NDF

Al-Hasakah Province – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Reliable sources in al-Qamishli city have reported that Asayish Forces captured a large part of Tayy neighbourhoods, which was under the control of the National Defence Forces. According to SOHR sources, Asayish Forces also managed to take the control of the entire neighbourhood of Halkou neighboring, as well as capturing posts and positions in Tayy neighbourhoods. The clashes are concentrated in the southern parts of the neighbourhood and some western parts to the roundabout and bridge of Tayy neighbourhood, as Asayish Forces are attempting to capture the entire neighbourhood.


SOHR sources reported a few hours ago continued clashes between the Internal Security Forces “Asayish”, and the National Defense Forces (NDF), in the neighborhoods of al-Tayy and Halko in the city of al-Qamishli. According to SOHR sources, the Asayish forces managed to advance into the two neighborhoods. In Hilko, Asayish forces managed to take control of Ibn Sina School and telephone exchange offices, as they became very close to the NDF checkpoint of the National Hospital. While in al-Tayy neighbourhood, Asayish Forces took control of the military security detachment in the neighborhood, after regime forces entered the neighbourhood, evacuated the members stationed there and withdrew to Tartab regiment, south of al-Qamishli. The Asayish forces seek to end the presence of the National Defense as an influential power in residential areas in al-Qamishli, and by doing so, the National Defense will keep their presence only in headquarters in the security zone and villages on the outskirts of al-Qamishli.


Meanwhile, the “Martyrs Families Foundation” of the Autonomous Administration announced that Sheikh Hayes al-Jaryan, a member of the Asayish affiliated department of clans’ relations, was killed. The man’s body will be buried in his village according to his will. It’s worth mentioning that al-Jaryan had a son who was killed while fighting alongside the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).


SOHR activists documented this morning the death of a tribal elder, after being shot by a sniper in Al-Qamishli city. It is worth noting that the victim was from Bani Sab’a tribe and one of the members of the delegation attended the meeting which discussed the conflict in Al-Qamishli in order to reach a solution to defuse this conflict. The man was hit with a sniper shot while he was returning from the meeting, amid accusations against the National Defence Forces (NDF) of killing him, especially since the man was close to Syria Democratic Forces.


On the other hand, clashes continued in Al-Qamishli city, as SOHR activists reported fierce clashes between Asayish Forces and NDF since the early hours of Friday morning. The clashes were concentrated in Halkou and al-Tayy neighbourhoods in an attempt by Asayish Forces to impose full control on the two neighbourhoods, while NDF were trying to take the lead, amid confirmed reported of casualties.


Moreover, SOHR sources reported hearing several explosions, caused by shells fired by NDF on the area. However, no casualties were reported. While several families fled from the conflict zones for fear of bombardment and indiscriminate gunfire.


Last night, SOHR sources said that Asayish Forces took over arms and ammunition depot in Tayy neighbourhood in al-Qamishli city, during today’s renewed clashes with the regime-backed National Defense Forces. Asayish Forces also managed to capture several NDF members. The clashes left several members on both sides injured, some seriously.


During the violent clashes that broke out more than 72 hours ago, Asayish Forces managed to control parts of Tayy neighbourhood, two checkpoints, military headquarters and an ammunition depot, and expelled NDF members from these positions, while parts of Tayy and Halko neighbourhoods, the southern sector to the east and west and the entire Zanoud neighbourhood remained under the control of the National Defence Forces.


A few hours earlier, SOHR activists monitored renewed clashes between NDF and Asayish Forces in the neighbourhood of Tayy in al-Qamishli city, where several rockets fired by NDF hit residential areas in the neighbourhood, which led to the burning down of several houses.


The clashes also expanded to new frontlines, as they reached the end of Al-Khaleej street and the southern sector of neighbourhood. This development coincided with the failure of the Russian-sponsored negotiations to reach a solution to put an end to the clashes.


Meanwhile, SOHR activists documented the death of a child, and the wounding of five others, including two little girls, after being shot by NDF members, while they were near Tay neighbourhood in the city of al-Qamishli.


SOHR sources had reported violations of the ceasefire imposed in Al-Qamishli by the “National Defence Forces” (NDF), as NDF members opened sporadic fire on positions of Asayish Forces in al-Qamishli, before firing mortars and RPGs on these positions. The shells hit Qadour Bik and al-Sarayan neighbourhoods and other areas. It is worth noting that the bombardment on al-Sarayan neighbourhood burned down a house completely. Meanwhile, Russian soldiers arrived in the area to impose the ceasefire again.

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