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For unknown reasons | Turkey-backed civil police arrest member in Ras al-Ain local council

Al-Hasakah province: SOHR activists have reported the arrest of a member in Ras al-Ain (Sere Kaniye)) local council by the Turkey-backed civil police, but reasons behind the arrest remained unknown.

The arrested man works as an official in the transportation directorate in Ras al-Ain (Sere Kaniye)) local council.

Yesterday, SOHR activists reported that a teacher was arrested by armed groups of al-Hamza Division, while they were withdrawing from al-Makran and Um Ezam villages in the countryside of Ras al-Ain (Sere Kaniye) in the southern countryside of al-Hasakah.

According to SOHR activists, al-Hamza Division militiamen assaulted the teacher and beat him severely in addition to assaulting his wife when she was trying to rid him of the militiamen’s grip.

Meanwhile, the groups of al-Hamza Division withdrew from al-Makran and Um Ezam villages following the clashes that erupted with al-Bu Sha’ban tribesmen, amid ongoing tension in the region.

Few hours earlier, SOHR activists in “Peace Spring” areas reported that al-Makran and Um Ezam villages in Ras al-Ain (Sere Kaniye) countryside were experiencing growing tension between members of al-Bu Sha’ban tribe and the residents on one hand, and militiamen of the Turkish-backed al-Hamza Division on the other.

According to SOHR activists, the tension raised after al-Bu Sha’ban tribe arrested militiamen of al-Hamza Division over the killing of a young man from al-Hadara village in Tel Halaf by a military commander of al-Hamza Division about 20 days ago. The commander had shot the young man dead at “Koua’ Shalah” checkpoint on the road between Ras al-Ain and al-Aaleya for unknown reasons.

Meanwhile, fierce clashes erupted in al-Makran and Um Ezam villages between armed men of al-Bu Sha’ban tribe and armed groups of al-Hamza Division, after al-Hamza Division had stormed the villages with the aim to set the militiamen detained by al-Bu Sha’ban free. However, no further details were reported about the number of casualties and material damage caused by these clashes.

It is worth noting that the family of the victim had demanded that the perpetrators to be held accountable, but military police in Ras al-Ain did nothing to the killers who remained free.

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