The pro-Kurdish information website ARA News reported about alleged growing tensions between Kurdish YPG units and the Syrian government forces in Aleppo city in northern Syria.
According to the report, tensions mounted between the Kurds and the Syrian regime, after Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) took positions from the armed opposition groups in Aleppo city.
The website quoted the words of the senior commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Abdelaziz Yunis, who blamed the Assad government and said that the Kurdish YPG is the most effecitve force on the ground in Syria:
“By attempting to take over Kurdish-held areas, the regime wants to show the public opinion that it has won the Aleppo battle,” Yunis said.
“It seems Assad regime and its Shiite militias have forgotten that YPG is the most effective force on ground and they cannot ignore this fact,” he added. “Moreover, Syrian regime troops want to encourage their supporters that they defeated the so-called opposition factions.”
According to the report, “some of the regime soldiers” wanted the SDF to leave their positions in Aleppo city, but this didn’t happen. He said that SDF don’t know when fighting will erupt between Kurds and the Syrian government forces. However, it’s possible.
“We have checkpoints which are close to the regime positions in Aleppo city, particularly in Al Ashrafiye as well in the Bani Zaid neighbourhoods, where violence has been escalating recently,” Kurdish officer Sharvan Efrin told local reporters.
ARA News was not able to provide any photo or video evidences and the pathetic words of Abdelaziz Yunis and Bani Zaid were its only proof. Furthermore, most of Bani Zaid Neighborhood remains under the control of the Syrian army.
It is clear that such statements are a part of the wide informational and diplomatic campaign aimed to prevent the success of the pro-government forces’ success in Aleppo city.