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Aleppo: YPG provides access to government-controlled district

KURDWATCH, October 7, 2015—On September 28, 2015, the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units opened a road in Aleppo between the Shaykh Maqsud district and the government‑controlled ash‑Shahbaʾ district, providing the Syrian regime with an additional supply route. At the same time, the YPG blocked a road between Aleppo and ʿAfrin that the opposition uses to access the north. Sharpshooters were also stationed along the route. Units of the Islamist Labbayki Uktah operation center stationed in Shaykh Maqsud have since withdrawn from the district. On October 2, missiles once again hit Shaykh Maqsud. The predominantly Arab district of Salahuddin was also shelled. Salahuddin is controlled by the Jabbat an‑Nusrah and other Islamist opposition groups. The opposition blames the YPG for the shelling. On October 1, several hundred young demonstrators in Salahuddin called for liberation from the YPG. 


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