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Al-Hasakah: Heavy fighting between YPG and regime-affiliated militias

KURDWATCH, January 24, 2015—Between January 16 and 18 2015, heavy fighting broke out in several of the districts of al‑Hasakah under the control of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). The conflicts occurred between fighters for the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG) and its security service (Asayiş) on one side and fighters for the regime-affiliated National Defense Army on the other. The Syrian Army shelled residential districts with surface-to-surface missiles. According to information from the PYD, at least seven of its fighters and four civilians were killed. It is not yet clear what caused the conflicts, which flared up again for a few hours on January 29.

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