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Al-Malikiyah: Dead and injured in air attack

KURDWATCH, August 26, 2013—On August 19, 2013, one person was killed and approximately twenty more suffered minor injuries in an air attack by the Syrian Air Force on the city of al‑Malikiyah (Dêrik). One bomb hit the bus station in the city center; another exploded in the northeastern part of the city. For more than a year, al‑Malikiyah has been controlled by the Democratic Union Party (PYD); the city was taken over from the government without conflict [further information]. The reason behind the attack is unknown. Islamist units, which are fighting against both the regime and the PYD, are stationed at least fifteen kilometers away from al‑Malikiyah. According to unconfirmed reports, the attacking military plane took off from the airport in al‑Qamishli, which is controlled by the PYD.

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