Clashes between and the Kurdish security forces and Syrian troops erupted in Qamishli city on Wednesday evening. As result, at least two Syrian soldiers were killed.
On Wednesday evening, clashes between pro-Assad troops and the Kurdish security forces, known as Asayish, broke out in the city of Qamishli, located in the northeast of Syria, the Ara news agency reported, citing unnamed Kurdish military sources. At least two Syrian soldiers, including one officer, lost their lives during the fighting.
According to the news agency, a reason of the fighting, which was concentrated on the al-Wahda street in central Qamishli, was a refusal of Syrian military to stop their vehicle, passing through a security checkpoint of Asayish.
“The Asayish forces fired on the car for refusing to stop, and then clashes erupted,” the news agency quoted a Kurdish officer, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It is our duty to prevent any breach into our security checkpoints in Qamishli in order to protect the people of the city against any terror acts, especially that we’ve faced a lot of threats by ISIS [Islamic State] terrorists in the past,” he added.
The news agency’s source also noted that “a prominent pro-Assad military officer in Qamishli,” Yasser Wazzeh, also was among victims, killed during the clashes, while only one member of the Asayish forces was wounded.
The Kurdish forces control Al-Wahda street and other main parts of Qamishli city. In April, heavy clashes between Syrian troops and Kurds erupted in the city. However, negotiations, which were held between the Kurdish leadership and the Syrian government, allowed to stop the fighting, which has already managed to claim lives of dozens, including civilians, by that time.