Members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have opened fire at Arab protesters in the area of Ash-Shaddadi in the Syrian province of al-Hasakah, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported on November 20 citing local sources.
According to the report, the protests started three days ago but the situation escalated on November 19 when several mortar shells launched by the YPG-led force hit civilian houses. The shells were fired during drills at the nearby shooting range.
According to reports from other sources, 3 civilians were injured as a resulf of this incident. This situation caused a new round of protests against the local Kurdish-controlled administration.
The YPG is the core of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and is actively receiving political and military support from the US. Currently, the YPG and its political wing known as the Democratic Union Party (PYD) control a large part of northeastern Syria, including a large Arab-populated area.
The YPG/PYD policy in the captured area causes tensions with the local population on the constant basis.