Clashes erupted between the Kurdish police (Asayish) and tribal fighters from the National Defense Forces (NDF) on Wednesday when the former failed to stop at a government checkpoint inside the Al-Qamishli District.
The NDF responded to the Asayish’s refusal to stop at the government checkpoint with gunfire, resulting in a violent exchange between both parties.
The Asayish followed up this skirmish by arresting the NDF commander in Qamishli; this prompted the latter to arrest several Asayish fighters in order to return the favor.
Since then, the Asayish and NDF have been openly clashing inside of Qamishli, leaving 10 fighters and 4 civilians killed in the process.
The Asayish and NDF have a long standing rivalry that started in the provincial capital of the Al-Hasakah Governorate; however, their clashes rarely last longer than 24 hours.
No ceasefire has been announced yet.