On July 11, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) evacuated one of several government buildings in al-Hasakah city, which were occupied by its personnel last month.
The building, which belong to the General Administration for Grains, returned to the control of the Damascus government. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), employees were able to access the building to resume their work.
“The headquarters was retaken and the employees returned to their posts to follow up on the work originally assigned to them,” Yusuf Qassim, director of the General Administration for Grains in al-Hasakah, told the SANA.
SDF forces occupied nine government buildings and state-owned properties on June 27. The move was reportedly ordered by the U.S.-led coalition, which is working to expand it military presence in al-Hasakah city.
The state employees held a sit-in outside the occupied buildings to protest against the SDF’s unlawful move. While the employees of the General Administration for Grains returned to work, the employees of the remaining occupied institutions are still protesting on a daily basis.
The SDF decision to evacuate the General Administration for Grains is a positive step. The decision shows that the Kurdish-led group is still willing to cooperate with Damascus, despite U.S. pressure. The group will likely evacuate the remaining buildings soon.