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Raʾs al‑ʿAyn: Renewed fighting between YPG and Jabhat an‑Nusrah

KURDWATCH, June 2, 2013—On May 25, 2013, Jabhat an‑Nusrah fighters kidnapped three combatants of the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê). The YPG subsequently brought two members of Jabhat an‑Nusrah under its control. Nothing is known about any victims in the shootouts that followed. After agreeing on a ceasefire, the hostages on both sides were released. The ceasefire, however, lasted only a few hours. On May 26, further shootouts occurred both in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn and in Tall Abu Raʾsayn (Girbawî), located twenty kilometers to the east. At least two YPG‑fighters and four Jabhat an‑Nusrah fighters were killed in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn. Since the last agreement between the PYD and Jabhat an‑Nusrah [further informationen], the city has been divided into two sectors; one is controlled by the YPG and the PYD’s Asayiş (security service), the other by the Islamist Jabhat an‑Nusrah.

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