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PYD’s Muslim says Qamishli attack game by Moscow, Damascus

  2021-04-21  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo - Member of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Presidential Body Salih Muslim- File
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Member of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Presidential Body Salih Muslim said on Wednesday (April 21) that attacks by a pro-government militia in Qamishli on Tuesday was a stratagem by the Syrian government and its ally Russia in favor of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s reelection.

On Tuesday, a member of the Kurdish internal security forces (Asayish) was killed in clashes between the Kurdish and the pro-government Syrian National Forces (NDF) in Qamishli. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that five NDF members were killed and six others were wounded.

The clashes were terminated after Russia intervened. 

Asayish accused the NDF of trying to mar the stability and security of Kurdish-majority city and said it will defend itself. 

Qamishli outskirts are run by the pro-Kurdish Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, but the Syrian government has a relatively small number of offices within the city, especially through the pro-regime militia. 

The NDF is a paramilitary force that has been active in the Syrian conflict. Several of its commanders have been sanctioned by the United States for their role in persecuting civilians in the war-ravaged country.

“The aim of these attacks is to strike stability,” Muslim told the pro-PYD Hawar News agency. "Whether these attacks were fabricated by Russia or the Damascus government, they are not the first and they will not be the last.”

“They seek to sow chaos among the people, strike stability and intimidate the people, and try to prove their existence…. The matter has become known; you will create problems, then Russia will intervene, this is done on purpose, and it is immoral,” he said. 

Muslim also said that the attack was a “scheme aimed at gaining popular support for the benefit of the Damascus government ahead of the elections.”

This is not the first time clashes break out between Asayish forces and the NDF.

In February, one person from the pro-government forces was killed and over three others wounded in clashes between the two sides in Qamishli and Hasakah.

Syria’s presidential election, the second since the country’s civil war, is slated to take place on May 26.  Syrians abroad will vote on May 20.

On Wednesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad submitted documents to run for a fourth term in an election scheduled for May 26, Reuters reported. 

(Zhyan English)