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Tall Tamr: Fighting between YPG and Sharabiyin continues

KURDWATCH, May 7, 2013—Between April 26 and May 3, 2013, shots were repeatedly exchanged in Tall Tamr (thirty-seven kilometers south east of Raʾs al‑ʿAyn) between fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units  (YPG) and armed members of the Arab Sharabiyin tribe [further information]. In addition, at least four Kurds were arrested at a Sharabiyin checkpoint near Tall Tamr on April 27; they were released a few days later. According to information from the YPG, Islamic groups including the Jabhat an-Nusrah allegedly fought on the side of the Sharabiyin. In a statement, the YPG announced that four of its members were killed, as well as thirty-five fighters for the opposing side. Moreover, the YPG allegedly arrested a fighter from Saudi Arabia, one from Europe, and three Kurds from Kirkuk who supposedly fought on the side of the Sharabiyin.

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