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At least child killed in fresh armed clashes in Qamishli- sources

  2021-04-22  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A view of a-Wahda street after clashes between the Kurdish security (Asayish) forces and pro-Syrian government in Qamishli, AANES, Syria, April 22,2021. Photo by Hawar News
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI -  A minor was killed and another was wounded in clashes between the pro-Kurdish Internal Security Forces and a pro-Syrian militia at al-Wahda street in Qamishli on Thursday (April 22) following a Russia-brokered ceasefire the night before. 

Mahmoud Mahmoud, 10, and Ahmed Hamoud Hamoud, 14, were targeted by the pro-Syrian government National Defense Forces (NDF) militia group and were hospitalized. But Mahmoud succumbed to his injuries later, according to the pro-Kurdish Hawar News.

The Kurdish authorities accused the militia group of violating a truce
brokered by Russia on Wednesday night. 

The pro-government NDF militia group opened fire sporadically from time to time before it launched mortar shells and RPGs at areas under control of Asayish forces in the town, reported the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

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.

On Tuesday an Asayish member was killed in clashes with NDF in the city. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that five NDF members were killed and six others were wounded.

On Wednesday, Member of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Presidential Body Salih Muslim described the attacks by the pro-Syrian government militia as a gambit by Damascus and Moscow to strike stability in favor of the government’s popularity for upcoming election.  

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 in Hasakah and Qamishli cities. 

(Zhyan English)