A ceasefire agreement between the Syrian government forces and forces loyal to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in the northeastern Hasaka province came into effect at 14:00 p.m. on August 23, the Syrian TV reported and Kurdish sources confirmed.
- The Hasaka-Qamishli road and those leading to the Syrian army positions inside and outside Hasaka city and all other roads will be opened;
- The injured, bodies of the martyrs and the captives on both sides will be exchanged at 9 p.m.;
- All areas recently captured by the YPG will remain under the control of the Kurdish police, Asayish;
- All Syrian army and National Defense Forces fighters withdraw from Hasakah;
- The Syrian police will guard the government buildings in the city and the “security square” in the center of the city;
- Further negotiations on the “Kurdish issies” are also agreed, according to the Syrian state TV.
Kurdish official Abdel Salam Ahmad noted that the ceasefire was reached following a meeting with “the Russians” in Hasakah.
In general, the agreement can be described as a kind of compromise between the Syrian government and the PYD (YPG and Asayish are its armed branches). The Syrian government remains in control of the city center and its troops are deployed in the military base near the city. In turn, the forces loyal to the Democratic Union Party (that de-facto won the armed struggle in the area) have not gained a full control of this strategic city.
The situation in Hasakah is also influenced by the complicated (first of all, for the YPG) situation in Aleppo and the recent ISIS advances on the YPG in the Hasakah province. If further talks do not achieve a realistic solution of the conflict between the Syrian government and the PYD, it’s easy to expect fresh escalations in Hasakah in coming months.