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Al-Qamishli: Christians resist forcible recruitment

KURDWATCH, June 12, 2015—On June 4, 2015, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) tried to recruit young men at an internet café in the predominantly Christian district of al‑Wusta in al‑Qamishli. When the men resisted, shots were fired and one YPG fighter was reportedly seriously injured. The situation escalated further with the arrival of vehicles of the regime-affiliated Christian Sootoro militia. Fighters on both sides fired into the air. Civilians were removed from the vicinity. The outcome of the conflict is unclear.

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