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Al-Qamishli: Armed attack on PYD‑checkpoint

KURDWATCH, July 21, 2012—On July 14, 2012, armed persons attacked a checkpoint controlled by the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Protection Committees in the western district of al‑Qamishli. At the same time an attack occurred on a Syrian Army checkpoint in the majority Arab village of Himu, approximately three kilometers west of the aforementioned PYD checkpoint. It is unclear whether or not the attacks resulted in any dead or injured. A few days prior, a small group of Kurdish activists had circulated a video on the internet announcing the formation of an armed Kurdish unit in al‑Hasakah. It is unclear, however, whether or not this group was responsible for one or both of the attacks described above.

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