January 20, 2013

News: Attacks on Kurdish neighborhood in Ras al-Ain, Syria

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According to activists affiliated with the Syrian Monitor of Human Rights and the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria, a number of armed groups crossed over from Turkey to attack Kurdish neighborhood in Ras al-Ain/Sere Kaniye in north Syria. The attackers were identified as the brigades of Ahrar al-Umma, Ahrar Gowayran, Mishaal Tamo, Ghoraba’ al-Sham, Ahfad al-Rasul, Abna Saad Ibn Abi Waqqas and other groups linked to the military council of the Free Syrian Army. More than 33 people had died in the past 48 hours.

The statement claimed that the armed groups also attacked and looted public buildings “which do not now represent the regime and which are the property of the people.” They forced most of the families in the city to flee, leaving their homes and properties which were looted by the above-mentioned brigades. The People’s Protection Units (YPG) are now arming themselves and digging tranches around the towns. According to other reports, more Islamist fighters crossed from Turkey with three operational tanks. They used the tanks to fire on civilians in the Kurdish areas.

In other news, a Syrian activist, Haythem Abdullah, who is affiliated with the Damascus Military Council claimed that a pilot refused to carry orders to bomb civilians, and instead, bombed positions of the regime's troops. This claim was not independently confirmed. 



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