Fierce clashes began last Thursday night between Difa El Weteni and the North and East Syria Domestic Security Forces in Qamishli, where different communities co-exist, as the ceasefire agreements were broken.
Tensions have continued in the region due to the clashes that occurred as a result of the pro-Syrian National Defense Forces (NDF – Difa El Wetteni) militias attacking the checkpoint of the Rojava Autonomous Administration in Qamishli, according to ANHA.
Difa El Weteni were reportedly driven out of the Tay (al-Tay) neighbourhood, where the clashes were most severe, Yeni Yaşam has reported. Having driven Difa El Weteni from many of the neighbourhood’s streets, North and East Syrian security forces reportedly reached southern Qamishli.
Many people were reportedly killed or injured on 20 April when the Difa El Weteni militia attacked the checkpoint of the North and East Syria Security Forces at the El Wehda crossroads. The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) stated that Russia and the Damascus administration had mobilised the militias to ‘blackmail’ the autonomous administration, in a similar manner to which they had acted in Ain Issa and Tell Rifat.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Monday that a “tense calm” was “prevailing” in the city “since the early morning hours to date, as no violations were documented during this period. Meanwhile, a regime member was killed and another was injured after they were targeted in al-Tay neighbourhood.
“SOHR reported, on Sunday evening, hearing sporadic gunfire in the southern countryside of Hilko and al-Tay neighbourhoods in al-Qamishli city in al-Hasakah countryside. On the other hand, NDF members targeted, with RPGs, a school in Hilko neighbourhood near the railway, but no casualties were reported. This development came after a permanent and conditional truce was reached in al-Qamishli, stipulating that NDF would comply with the agreement’s terms and not breach the truce.
“SOHR sources have reported that a new agreement was reached between Asayish Forces and the National Defence Forces, under supervision by the Russians and Syria Democratic Forces, as a permanent truce was reached stipulating that NDF would comply with the agreement’s terms and not breach the truce”.