Recently, forces loyal to the Syrian régime launched a bloody crackdown against areas mainly populated by Kurds in Aleppo, Qamishli and the village of Hadded north-east Syria. Several airstrikes targeted civilians in these areas, allegedly persuing rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) — the main armed wing of the opposition.
However, many observers insist that the régime of President Bashar al-Assad started its actual war against the Kurdish people in Syria after a relative stability the Kurdish areas saw over the two-year-old war. This view is supported by the claim that the Assad airforce targeted regions that have never witnessed presence of FSA rebel.
The crackdown followed a cooperation between Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG)– forces loyal to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD)– and brigades from the FSA to fight together against the régime’s forces.
According to Saleh Muslim, leader of the PYD –an affiliation of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the attacks of the Syrian army came after a “non-aggression pacts reached between Kurds and some moderate factions in the rebel forces”.
Saleh also refered to Assad’s fear of Turkey, especially after the peace talks between the Turkish government and the leader of the PKK Abdullah Ocalan, as another possible reason for the recent attacks against the Kurds in Syria.
“Maybe the (Syrian) government was bothered about these agreements. We also had such agreements with some small groups in Aleppo, and so because of that they bombed our areas,” Muslim told Reuters.“Maybe the Syrian government thinks that we are getting some help from Turkey, but this is not true.”
On Sunday, Syrian rights activists reported that the government forces launched an airstrike on the Kurdish village of Haddad, in the suburb of Qamishli city, resulting in 16 casualties among civilians. This attack is deemed one of the bloodiest by the Assad forces against the Kurdish people since the start of the ongoing popular uprising against Assad, March 2011.
Moreover, the Kurdish district of Sheikh Maksud, northern Aleppo, also saw several airstrikes by the régime airforce over the last two weeks, killing 47 civillians, according to reports.
“From the beginning we decided not to be a part of this blind fighting going ahead between Damascus and others,” Muslim added. “Our policy has been self-defense, the right to protect ourselves, protect our Kurdish areas.”
The current instability in several Kurdish areas north and north-east Syria led many families to flee their homs and resort to other areas, includining the Iraqi Kurdistan which hosts more than 80.000 Syrian refugees, according to official records by the Kurdistan Regional Government KRG.
Source: ARA News
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