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Al-Hawl: Residents return to the city

KurdWatch, May 6, 2016—On May 2, 2016, the Syrian Democratic Forces, dominated by the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG), have allowed residents of the small city of al‑Hawl, located forty kilometers east of al‑Hasakah, to return to their homes. The residents were forced to flee during a major offensive carried out by the Syrian Democratic Forces in December, 2015 [further information]. According to the Syrian Democratic Forces, in the meanwhile the city had been been cleared of mines.

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