Rifts break out among pro-Assad militias in Syria’s Hasakah

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Hasakah's military governor Muhammed Khaddour speaking to regime-linked forces at a security checkpoint in the city's suburbs. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – On Friday, clashes broke out between the Syrian regime’s militias of the National Defense (ND) and the Facilities Defense force in Aziziyah neighborhood of the city of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria.

“The clashes broke between both-pro-Assad groups for the division of power over security checkpoints in the city of Hasakah,” Yusuf Ismail, a resident of Aziziya, told ARA News.

“Both sides clashed in the Mashfa and al-Tamrid streets in the Aziziyah neighborhood,” Ismail added.

Speaking to ARA News in Aziziyah, political activist Mustafa Silo said that Friday’s clashes reflect the fragility of the coordination between the pro-Assad militias in Hasakah.

“Many pro-regime militias were formed in the recent months to fill in the security vacuum in the city. Most of those groups are staffed by Arab tribal forces. However, such clashes reflect the lack of coordination between them, as each militia aims to impose its power over areas held by potential allies in the province,” Silo said. 

Both disputing parties are pro-regime militias and they reportedly operate under the command of the regime’s military governor of the province.

 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho 

Source: ARA News

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