Female members of the Kurdish Asayish forces. File photo
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KOBANE – The Kurdish security forces of the Asayish issued a new rule for civilians displaced by ISIS that fled to areas controlled by the local Kurdish administration in northern Syria.
The Asayish set new conditions for displaced citizens and trucks to enter the Kurdish areas and tightened security measures, fearing new attacks, after the Qamishli bombing attack on 27 July that killed over 50 civilians, which was seen as a revenge attack by the Islamic State (ISIS) following the successful operation by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that now control 90 per cent of the former ISIS-stronghold of Manbij.
The Kurdish administration fears ISIS jihadis could infiltrate among civilians fleeing ISIS-held areas, and carry out revenge attacks in Rojava (Syrian Kurdish region).
“All displaced people from ISIS-held areas and conflict zones, should cooperate with the security forces that will show full assistance and send them to camps which are allocated for them, while all assistance would be provided,” the general command of the Asayish said in a public statement.
However, in some cases of necessity, civilians displaced from ISIS areas can visit Kurdish areas with personal sponsorship from locals.
Also, the Asayish decided to not allow large trucks to enter the cities of the three canton administrations, and that trucks will go to special designed areas assigned by the Asayish.
Hundreds of displaced civilians have arrived in the Kurdish-held areas after fleeing Raqqa and Manbij.
The Kurds fear that ISIS sleeper cells could use these refugee flows to carry out attacks.
Speaking to ARA News, SDF official Dr. Nasr Haji Mansour said: “We have to be ready for ISIS attacks in the future after the liberation of Manbij, as what happened earlier in Tel Abyad and Kobane.”
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg and Jan Mohammed
Source: ARA News