Muntasir Mirzo –Till Temir
On Thursday, the city of Till Temir witnessed sporadic clashes between the Kurdish forces of Popular Protection Unites (YPG) and an Arab armed group, resulting in ten casualties among both sides.
Till Temir, mainly populated by Kurds, was claimed dominated by the YPG forces –the armed wing of the PKK affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD)– since few months. It is unknown whether the Arab fighters belong to the forces of the opposition’s Free Syrian Army, and the FSA didn’t claim involvement in Thursday’s clashes in the north-eastern city.
A number of residents in Till Temir revealed to ARA News that some anonymous armed men attacked their houses and commercial premises on Wednesday.
The clashes took place when the YPG fighters attacked a checkpoint situated by the alleged armed group at the entrance of the city, causing separate clashes continued until Thursday midnight.
Residents told ARA News that members of Ghuraba al-Sham –a brigade from the FSA– intervened to stop the clashes, calling on both parties to restrain. Currently, the city is relatively calm with fears of renewed fighting.
Moreover, the Kurdish prominent political leader Mustafa Farhan was abducted by fighters from the same armed group during the clashes on Thursday, and his destiny is still unknown. Farhan is a member of the recently founded Kurdish Council for Civil Society in the neighboring Sere Kaniye city, and his fellow members and family are trying currently to reach negotiations with the kidnappers to release the Kurdish leader.
Worth mentioning is that the Kurdish region in Syria has recently witnessed remarkable developments in several areas regarding violence and clashes between the opposition fighters and the régime’s forces after a relative stability over the two-year-old uprising in the country.
Source: ARA News
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