Head of the Syrian National Commission for the Affairs of Detainees and Missing, Yasser Al-Farhan, warned against targeting or displacing civilians in Al-Hasakah or destroying their property under the pretext of fighting the ISIS terrorist group. He called on international parties to assume their responsibilities in this regard, and to intervene urgently to protect civilians and prevent their uprooting from their land.
Al-Farhan pointed out that the neighborhoods of Ghweiran, Al-Nashwa and Al-Zohour in Al-Hasakah city have not received drinking water or bread for the fifth consecutive day due to the siege imposed on them by the PYD terrorist militia under the pretext of hunting down ISIS militants.
He pointed out that most of the residents of those neighborhoods were displaced from their homes to neighboring parts of the city as a result of fighting amid harsh weather conditions. He warned of new plans to force the local population out of their homes by the PYD militia. He cited the increasing arbitrary arrests and security restrictions on the local population, adding that the PYD militia continues to use ISIS as an excuse to get rid of all those who reject their terrorist practices.
“The Assad regime and the PYD militia are using ISIS as a Trojan Horse and a lifeline. Civilians are the number one victim. Terrorism and tyranny lives off each other. What is happening in al-Hasakah is a false flag operation, with civilians paying the heaviest price.”
Al-Farhan called on the Red Cross Committee and international organizations to urgently relieve civilians trapped in the besieged neighborhoods in al-Hasakah. He called on the international anti-ISIS coalition to protect civilians during the operations against ISIS pockets, recalling the principles of international law on precaution, distinction and proportionality.
He also called for an evaluation of the repeated failure of the PYD – YPG / PKK militias in eliminating the ISIS terrorist organization despite the massive support they are receiving. He noted that these militia are involved in systematic war crimes and looting of the region’s resources, leaving its residents below the poverty line.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)