On January 31, a man was killed and at least three others were injured when security forces of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) opened fire at pro-government protesters in the northeastern Syrian city of al-Hasakah.
Hundreds of civilians gathered in the government-held part of al-Hasakah city to protest against the SDF siege, which has been ongoing for more than two weeks. The strict siege is an attempt to pressure the Damascus government into easing security restrictions on Kurdish-held areas in northern Aleppo.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, SDF security forces, Asayish, met the protest with a brutal force. A protestor was killed and three others were injured by Asayish fire.
From its side, the SDF claimed that its security forces had responded to an attack by government troops. According to the group’s claims, the four casualties were pro-government fighters. This is yet to be verified.
Earlier this week, similar protests were held in the cities of al-Hasakah and al-Qamishli. Asayish personnel also opened fire at pro-government protesters.
The situation in al-Hasakah city is currently calm, according to local sources. Government forces and the SDF will not likely escalate any further.
Damascus and the SDF are reportedly holding joint talks to resolve the problem. The talks were encouraged by Russia. An agreement is yet to be reached, however.
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