Pro-Kurdish sources reported on August 18 that an air strike has hit a HQ of the so-called “Northern Syria Federation” proclaimed by the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in the city of Al-Hasakah in northern Syria. Four people were reportedly killed and dozens wounded. The information about some “Syrian warplanes” targeting the city was released by Barzan Sadiq, Head of Output at the Kurdistan24 Channel.
The report came amid ongoing clashes between the Kurdish police (Asayish) linked with the PYD and the National Defense Forces (NDF) loyal to the Syrian government. Sides use small arms and RPG rounds.
If this is confirmed, it will indicate a major escalation between the forces loyal to the Kurdish PYD and the Syrian government forces. This could also impact the developments in Aleppo city. On the other hand, these reports can be a PR move by pro-US forces in order to blame the Syrian government.
Residents of Al-Hasakah are reportedly fleing the city due to heavy clashes there:
A pro-opposeition map of the situation in Al-Hasakah: