Late on April 20, heavy clashes broke out between the pro-government Syrian National Defense Forces (NDF) and Asayish, the security wing of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northeastern Syrian city of al-Qamishli.
Asayish claimed that NDF forces attacked one of its checkpoints near the Tayy district in the city. An officer known as Ahmad Hajji was killed and four others were injured in the incident. Asayish responded by launching a large attack on NDF positions in Tayy.
The claims made by Asayish were later refuted by Sheikh Mohamad al-Fars, leader of the Tayy tribe in al-Qamishli, who provided details on what exactly happened.
Al-Fars told the U-News agency that Asayish personnel opened fire at the leader of NDF units in Tayy while he was driving a sick person to the hospital. The leader was accused of violating a curfew imposed by the SDF as a part of preventive measures against COVID-19.
In the course of the clashes, which lasted until the morning of April 21, Asayish units captured a number of NDF posts. Four fighters of the pro-government force were injured.
The clashes calmed down following an intervention by the Russian Military Police, which have a base in al-Qamishli Airport. The NDF and Asayish are reportedly in talks now to de-escalate and restore stability in al-Qamishli.
While this was not the first round of clashes between the NDF and Asayish in al-Qamishli, it was certainly among the most violation. The city, which is divided between government forces and the SDF, is still far from being stable.
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