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Qamishli witnesses calm after Russian mediation - sources

  2021-04-24  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Pro-Kurdish Internal Security Forces (Asayish) evacuate civilians from al-Tai neighborhood amid clashes with the pro-Syrian government National Defense Forces (NDF) militia group in Qamishli, AANES, Syria, April 22, 2021. Photo by Asayish Rojava on Twitter
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Russia mediates meetings between pro-Kurdish Internal Security Forces (Asayish) and Syrian government National Defense Forces (NDF) to end days-long clashes that cost lives of dozens in Qamishli, northeast Syria.

North Press Agency (NPA), citing an exclusive source, reported that the three sides have met in Qamishli airport under Russian mediation and the meetings are still ongoing.

NPA which is affiliated with the Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES) said the city has witnessed relative calm.

Russian media said fighting has stopped between Asayish and NDF following mediation attempts by Moscow.

Clashes occurred between Asayish and NDF in al-Tai and Hiko neighborhoods in Qamishli and was ongoing for four days.

Qamishli outskirts are run by the the Kurdish-run AANES, 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.

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.

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 Hasaka.

(Zhyan English)