Late on January 23, clashes broke out between the Syrian National Defense Forces (NDF) and security units of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the city of al-Qamishli.
A source in the SDF’s security forces, Asayish, told the North Press News Agency that the clashes started when NDF fighters opened fire at a position of the SDF in the neighborhood of Halko in the southern part of al-Qamishli.
Sky News Arabiya reported that an NDF fighter was killed and three others were captured by the Asayish during the clashes. These claims are yet to be confirmed.
The clashes slowed down by the early hours of January 24. Asayish deployed large reinforcements in Halko and other parts of al-Qamishli city.
The northeastern city, which is located right on the border with Turkey, has been under the joint control of the SDF and Damascus forces for most of the war. The two sides clashed on a number of occasions before.
The SDF’s siege on the government-held part of al-Hasakah city, south of al-Qamishli, may have provoked the NDF attack. The siege began more than a week ago. The SDF is pressuring Damascus to ease restrictions on Kurdish-held areas in northern Aleppo.
The incident in al-Qamishli will not likely escalate any further. The Russian Military Police, which maintain a base in the city’s airport, will likely intervene soon.
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