Syrian fighter jets conducted, for the first time, airstrikes against Kurdish positions in the northeastern province of Al-Hasakah , only one day after the city witnessed fierce clashes between the Kurdish militia and pro-government fighters.
The airstrikes hit a training camp for the Kurdish units in Tal Baidar, in addition to outposts for the Asayish forces in Al-Mahlaj, Al-Kallasah and Al-Nasirah neighborhoods.
The Syrian authorities have also called on the Arabs living in the predominantly-Kurdish city to arm themselves and fight the Kurdish separatists who adopt ‘a relocation project’.
Kurds in northern and northeastern Syria are attempting to have their own autonomous state along the Turkish border. The bid is strongly opposed by both Syrian and Turkish authorities.
The blatant instigation made by the Kurds has backfired. Significant numbers of the Arabs fighting under the umbrella of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) defected to the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) following the recent provocative practices of the Kurds against the indigenous Arab population.
Local activists reported that Syrian and Kurdish officials met this afternoon and agreed on a ceasefire. However, the Asayish forces refused to abide and fired a barrage of mortars at government-held districts only minutes after the truce was reached.