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PYD Attacks Kurdish National Council Headquarters in Hasaka

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Kurdish PYD militia on Friday attacked three Kurdish National Council headquarters and its affiliated political parties in the cities of al-Qamishli, al-Darbasiyah, and al-Malikiyah in Hasakah on Friday, activists said.

The PYD supporters destroyed the office furniture and burnt down one of the headquarters. The attack come following tensions between the Syrian Peshmerga and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters in the Iraqi-Syrian border region.

Nashat Thatha, a member of the political office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party-Syria, said groups of al-Himayet al-Jawhariya (Core Protection) and al-Shabiba al-Thawriya (Revolutionary Youth) militias subordinate to PYD attacked the Kurdistan Democratic Party and Yekiti Party offices in al-Qamishli. Other groups attacked the Kurdish National Council in the city of al-Darbasiyah which resulted in material damages to the party headquarters.

Thatha said the attacks on the headquarters came following clashes between the Syrian Peshmerga forces and members of the PKK in Iraqi territory close to the border with Syria. The clashes at the border angered the PYD supporters who then attacked the Democratic Kurdistan Party headquarters and the houses of party members.

The Kurdish leader pointed out that the PYD is training the al-Shabiba al-Thawriya for these special cases as a means to pressure the party and society while claiming these are spontaenous incidents and reactions to events. Thatha considered these justifications illogical as the militias cannot move without PYD approval or make any move contradictory to PYD general politics.

Mathloum Qarnou, a leadership member in the Kurdistan Democratic Student and Youth Union said the attacks by PYD supporters on the Kurdistan National Council headquarters and its parties in al-Qamishli, al-Malikiyah, and al-Darbasiyah happened in tandem with the arrest of certain party figures.

Qarnou pointed out that the PKK attacks on the Syrian Peshmerga forces locations in the border region between Iraqi Sanjar district and northern Qamishli happened as that area is a key weapon smuggling route between Syria and Iraq.

The Syrian Peshmerga and PKK fighters clashed on Friday morning when the PKK fighters attacked a Peshmerga forces location in the area surrounding the Iraqi towns of Khan Sour and Snuny close to the border with Syria.

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