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Al-Hasakah: Tension between YPG and National Defense Army

KurdWatch, August 22, 2016—Between August 5 and 7, 2016, many civilians in al‑Hasakah were the victims of conflicts between fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the National Defense Army, loyal to the regime. The YPG abducted a number of Arabs thought to be regime supporters. Conversely, the National Defense Army abducted Kurds thought to be sympathizers of the YPG. According to KurdWatch information the background to the tension is an YPG order that stipulated the regime militia leave the area controlled by the YPG in al‑Hasakah. The exact number of people abducted is not known. 

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