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Al-Maʿbada/al-Qahtaniyah: Fighting between Islamic units and YPG

KURDWATCH, August 6, 2013—From July 16 to 19 2013, heavy fighting occurred between combatants for the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Defense Units (YPG) and various Islamic units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). The fighting took place near the oil field as‑Suwaidiyah 2 near al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê), twenty kilometers south of Tall Adas (Gir Zîro), as well as near the oilfield as‑Suwaidiyah 3, thirteen kilometers south of Tall Adas. According to information from the YPG, at least four of its fighters were killed. Fighting also occurred near the villages of Haddad and Tall Hamira, twenty-five kilometers south of al‑Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî). An oil pipeline under YPG protection passes through the area. Since July 23, the fighting has been spreading into the surrounding villages south of al‑Qahtaniyah and al‑Maʿbada. Activists report that dozens of YPG‑fighters have been treated by teams of PYD/YPG doctors in the hospitals in al‑Malikiyah and al‑Qamishli. An activist from al‑Qahtaniyah told KurdWatch: »The YPG is attacking the Islamic units, not the other way around. Their fighters are rather trying to flee. They came to fight against the regime, not against the Kurds.«

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