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Al-Hasakah: Skirmishes between YPG and National Defense Army

KurdWatch, February 3, 2016—On January 24, 2016, there were skirmishes in al‑Hasakah between the People’s Defense Units (YPG) of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the National Defense Army, loyal to the government. Fighters from the National Defense Army had attempted to capture the predominantly Arab quarter an‑Nashwa al‑Gharbiya. In August 2015, the YPG had driven out the Islamic Staat (IS) from the city [further information]. Since then it controls a number of Arab quarters, including an‑Nashwa al‑Gharbiya. The fighting lasted around two hours. There is no available information on any dead or injured.

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