The Asayish (Kurdish police) and Arab tribes from the National Defense Forces (NDF) began the first stage of their prisoner exchange in the city of Al-Qamishli on Sunday morning.
Kurdish forces released nearly two dozen government fighters from their prisons, while the latter matched the total number of Asayish personnel released.
The Asayish Spokesperson claimed that part of the ceasefire agreement was the dismantlement of the National Defense Forces in Al-Qamishli; however, this statement was called a “lie” by a Syrian government force.
Furthermore, the Kurdish forces were not able to keep control of the street blocks they captured in the government areas; except for the Allaya Prison.
The government forces were also not allowed to keep control of Kurdish neighborhoods in Al-Qamishli; this includes the Kurdish Corniche.