Russia attempts to calm tensions between Kurds and Syrian government
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Russian forces have contacted the Kurdish Asayish forces in Qamishlo to calm the situation after tensions between the Syrian government and Kurdish-led forces increased, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) war monitor reported on Sunday.
The Kurdish Asayish (Internal Security Forces) besieged the Syrian government's Al-Baath bakery Qamishlo on Apr. 9 in response to the Syrian government's blockade of Kurdish neighborhoods in Aleppo.
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Moreover, SOHR reported that the Asayish blocked the roads leading to the center of Qamishlo and prevented the entry of food supplies and flour into the security square where the government forces are.
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The Asayish also blocked the highway to the airport and expelled workers of the Syrian government's Al-Ba'ath bakery.
There are also reports that the Asayish cordoned off Syrian government forces in Hasakah city.
It's not the first time Russia has intervened after clashes between the Syrian government and Kurdish-led forces.
Moscow has often tried to mediate between Damascus and the Kurds to reach a political agreement.
Russia also has a military presence at Qamishlo airport.
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