On August 5, fighters of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stormed the Grain Silos Management building in the city of al-Hasakah.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), SDF fighters occupied the second floor of the building after forcing 120 workers and employees to leave.
The SANA’s reporter said a purchase center was recently established in the silos. Loads of wheat were bought directly from farmers in northeastern Syria. The wheat was stored in the silos in order to supply bakeries in the region.
“The amount of wheat stored in the silo is estimated at 13 thousand tons,” the reporter said.
Last June, SDF forces occupied a number of government buildings and state-owned properties in al-Hasakah city. The step was reportedly ordered by the U.S.-led coalition. One of the buildings was handed back later. In July, however, the group occupied a communication center in the northern al-Hasakah countryside.
The SDF is likely attempting to regain its influence in al-Hasakah by challenging the Damascus government. The U.S.-led coalition is also working to expand its military presence in the governorate’s city center.