Clashes between the Rojava Peshmerga and a Yazidi militia has been ongoing since the morning in Iraq’s Sinjar.
The Rojava Peshmerga, forces belonging to the Iraqi Kurdistan President, are not welcomed in northern Syria, in which the Kurd’s call Rojava, by the Kurdistan Workers Party-affiliated (PKK) Kurdish People’s Protection Units. The PKK are a Turkey-based militia who seek autonomy for Kurds in eastern Turkey, and who clash with Barzani for his oil-based relationship with Turkey.
Residents of Khanesor, an area of Sinjar, began taking up arms to defend themselves yesterday, after the Rojava Peshmerga deployed nearby.
The clashes have been taking place in Khanesor between the Rojava Peshmerga and the Yazidi Shingal Resistance Units (YBS), who are trained by the PKK.
A local YBS Zerdeşt Sengali said that: “Our forces are responding to the gangs trained by Turkey from defensive position.”
According to ANF News Agency, 500 of the Rojava Peshmerga began the clash with the YBS after they attempted to enter their areas by force.
Clashes are still ongoing.