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Aleppo: YPG supposed to close transfer point to area controlled by the regime

KurdWatch, December 22, 2015—On November 19, 2015, the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the Operation Center for the Liberation of Aleppo, an alliance of Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Islamist opposition groups with the exception of the Islamic State (IS) signed an agreement on disputed territories in Aleppo and ʿAfrin. The different parties committed themselves to cease all combat operations and to enable traffic of civilians and militias between Shaikh Maqsud and ʿAfrin. Furthermore, fighters on both sides should retreat to their own territories. The YPG thus remains in control of Shaikh Maqsud. Moreover, the People’s Defense Units committed to closing a transition point between Shaikh Maqsud and an area controlled by the regime. A joint committee is supposed to supervise the closing. In addition, the militia of the Operation Center for the Liberation of Aleppo is supposed to once again be allowed to enter the eastern part of Shaikh Maqsud. Finally, at least one joint checkpoint should be set up. A similar agreement was already signed on December 3 [further information].

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