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Al-Qamishli: Supporters of the regime kill three YPG‑fighters

KURDWATCH, April 12, 2013—On April 4, 2013, armed members of the Arab tribe Tai, which has close ties to the regime, occupied a mill in Qanat as‑Suwais, a Kurdish district in al‑Qamishli. They left the mill when they were surrounded by fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG). Shortly thereafter the Tai, supported by the Syrian Army, established a checkpoint on a busy roundabout from which a road to the airport which has been closed for months branches off. According to a statement by the YPG, one of its own units that passed the checkpoint was shot at from there. Three YPG fighters were killed. According to information from the YPG, the YPG then attacked several government checkpoints in al‑Qamishli, killing six soldiers and arresting several. The slain YPG‑members were buried on April 5 in al‑Qamishli. The same day, armed Tai stormed the administration of the grain silo in Qanat as‑Suwais.

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