For the first time | Russian forces carry out military exercises in al-Qamishli
Al-Hasakah province: SOHR activists in al-Qamishli city have reported hearing loud explosions in the southern part of the city, exactly the regime forces’ Tartab Military Regiment, where Russian forces are carrying out military training exercises since early morning, with the participation of helicopters. These exercises ignited panic among the residents.
It is worth noting that this is the first time for carrying out military exercises by Russian forces in al-Qamishli, using live ammunition. Meanwhile, Russian helicopters were seen flying over the villages of Jam’aya, Khaled Kulu and Qarrah Hasan in al-Qamishli countryside near the Syria-Turkey border.
On May 13, Observatory activists reported armed fight among members of the National Defence Forces over trafficking an amount of narcotics in Zanda village in the south of al-Qamishli city in al-Hasakah countryside. The conflicting members used machineguns and grenades.
While on May 9, SOHR activists in al-Qamishli city reported that members of the National Defence Forces (NDF), based in Zenoud village (Zanda) in the south of al-Qamishli city, took by force, after shooting randomly in the air, food baskets and aid supplies from “al-Ousrah”, family in English, a Christian charity association that distributes aid supplies in the region.
A day earlier, SOHR reported that the NDF stepped up their movement in Zanda in the past few days. The NDF erected soil barriers, boosted their posts and deployed more units in the village, amid growing popular anger over these movements. It is worth noting that the regime-backed Tartab Regiment is located near Zanda village.