On June 27, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) occupied a number of government buildings in the northeastern city of al-Hasakah, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
The Kurdish-led group took control over the buildings of the following institutions:
- The General Administration for Grains;
- The General Electricity Company in al-Hasakah;
- The Sports City;
- The Youth Housing Complex;
- The Syrian Informatics Society;
- The Directorate of Industry, Tourism and Environmental Affairs;
- The Traffic Branch;
- The Directorate of Civil Registry;
- The Commercial Bank.
Employees of the institutions mentioned above told SANA that they had been forced out of the buildings. SDF fighters blocked entrances and deployed guards at the gates. On June 28, the employees organized a sit-in to protest against the buildings seizure. However, the SDF didn’t back down.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the incident. According to the monitoring group, the SDF occupied the buildings by orders of U.S. forces, who are planning to increase their presence in al-Hasakah city.
This provocative step by the SDF will definitely damage the relations with the Damascus government. The relations between the two sides have improved in the wake of the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria last year. Currently, the U.S. is pressuring the SDF to keep it away from Damascus.
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