Dignitaries in the town of Qamishli in rural al-Hasaka demanded that the PYD militia withdraw from the border town and stop firing shells at Turkish territory from inside the town.
In a statement on Friday, the dignitaries said that if the PYD militia continued with these acts, civilians would be forced to flee the town. “Let the town live in peace and stop the firing of shells from amongst civilian homes. Go to the border or to areas where there are clashes!”
The statement added that people of Qamishli began to leave the town after they saw the PYD militia firing shells on the Turkish territory. It pointed out that civilians are staying in out the open or in schools in the villages of Aweja and Rashwaniya.
Reuters on Thursday said that the PYD militia fired shells on the Turkish town of Akçakale opposite the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, killing two Turkish civilians and a Syrian child as well as wounding more than 50 others. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Syrian human rights activists and intellectuals have launched a campaign through the NGO Avaaz to gather signatures and mobilize support for Operation Peace Spring which the Turkish army and the Syrian National Army launched against the PYD militia east of the Euphrates.
The campaign statement said that more than two million people who were displaced from the provinces of Deir Ezzor, Raqqa, Hasaka and Aleppo are not allowed to return to their homes without a guarantee from the PYD militia commanders, many of whom came from the Qandil Mountains.
The statement pointed out that the remaining civilians in the areas under the control of the PYD militia “suffer injustice, impoverishment, arrest and enforced disappearance.”
The statement denounced the PYD militia’s violations against civilians, especially the forced recruitment, turning the region into an arena for score-settling, and “the deployment of foreign mercenaries at the border.”
Moreover, the statement stressed the strong relationship between the Assad regime and the PYD militia, noting that “those who were brought up by the regime to serve its goals can only be tools for its policies aimed at sowing divisions and racism amongst the Syrian people.”
It stressed the importance of making the region a model for the upholding of the principles and values of the Syrian revolution; to give everyone equal rights under the rule of law; and ensure representation of the people of the region in its institutions. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)