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Al-Qamishli: Arabic residents demonstrate against a PYD checkpoint

KurdWatch, January 25, 2016—On January 19, 2016, residents of Tay, a predominantly Arab neighborhood in al‑Qamishli, demonstrated against the construction of a checkpoint. The Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), had constructed the checkpoint on an important access road to the neighborhood. The Asayiş shot in the air to disperse the demonstration. Three people were shot. The PYD‑affiliated news agency Hawar (ANHA) blamed fighters of the regime‑loyal National Defense Army, who control the neighborhood and organized the demonstration, for the shots.

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