Clashes between the pro-government Syrian National Defense Forces (NDF) and Asayish, the security wing of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are still ongoing in the city of al-Qamishli in northeastern Syria.
The clashes came to a temporary halt on April 22 morning. A delegation of the Russian Military Police and the Syrian Arab Army met with representatives of Asayish in the Tayy district, where the clashes first broke out.
The two sides reportedly agreed on a ceasefire to de-escalate tensions in al-Qamishli. However, clashes between the NDF and Asayish returned in the noon. Each side accused the other of violating the Russian-brokered ceasefire.
Both the NDF and Asayish used heavy weapons in the clashes. A child, Mahmood Mahmood, 14, died after sustaining wounds from the clashes. Other civilians were reportedly injured.
The heavy clashes spread to the district of al- Bsheiriyeh, where members of the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate opened fire at a temporary checkpoint of Asayish.
A personal dispute that saw NDF fighters killing an Asayish officer caused the clashes. According to several sources, both sides sustained human losses. The total number of casualties is yet to be revealed.
The SDF is now accusing Damascus and Russian forces of backing what it called “provocations” by the NDF. The US-backed group appears to be taking advantage of the incident to limit the influence of government forces in al-Qamishli city.
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