The predominately Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) carried out an assault inside the Al-Wasta District of Al-Qamishli tonight, killing 1 Assyrian member of the Gozarto Protection Forces (GPF) and wounding 3 other bystanders.
The fallen member of the Gozarto Protection Forces was identified as Gabi Henry Dawoud of Al-Qamishli – he was a member of the Assyrian “Sootooro forces” that were protecting the city of Al-Qamishli in the Al-Hasakah Governorate’s northern countryside.
According to a source from the Gozarto Protection Forces in Al-Qamishli, the YPG carried out a surprise night attack in the Al-Wasta District, prompting both sides to engage in a bloody battle for a little over an hour.
The source added that 3 YPG fighters were reportedly killed; however, he was unable to confirm whether or not this was 100% accurate.
Tensions have intensified between the Kurdish and Assyrian populations of Al-Qamishli as of late; this is due in large part to the terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 13 Assyrians two weeks ago.
Many Assyrians in Al-Qamishli believe that the Kurds inside the city had worked side-by-side with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) terrorists that carried out the heinous attack on the Miami Cafe in the city’s downtown area.