“Some say that we are at a moment of historical transformation. Some claim that their purpose is to liberate peoples from their oppressors and persecutors. No people have been more persecuted than the Kurds. No nation has known more oppression than the Kurdish nation. Why then are there double standards in such vital questions? Why does anybody not take the side of the Kurdish nation as it declares its independence and unity?”
“One wonders, who is manipulating the sacred cause of the Kurds? Who is drinking the blood of thousands of martyrs?”
A ceasefire has been declared between Rojavan and Syrian regime forces as of 14:00 in Hasakah, after 7 days of clashes.
Clashes erupted between Rojava Asayish (security) and the NDF regime militia on 16 August 2016 with both sides blaming each other for initiating the violence. As the conflict intensified, YPG and HPC forces also joined the fight on the side of the Asayish as the Syrian Army employed airstrikes for the first time in Rojava, leading the USA (who had special forces in the city) to scramble warplanes to prevent further strikes. Residents were forced to evacuate the city with 48 people killed in clashes. Rojava forces took control of key areas in the city early yesterday as more than 200 regime soldiers surrendered.
The terms of agreement for the ceasefire, which are still being negotiated according to some sources, are below:
1. All Syrian regime troops and affiliated militias have to withdraw from Hasakah. Recently captured areas by the YPG will remain under Asayish control.
2. Both sides will release prisoners and wounded soldiers.
3. Roads that were closed due to clashes will be reopened.
4. All civil servants who had been dismissed from their positions will be reinstated. [State services will continue in the city, but regime military presence will cease.]
5. Conscription to Syrian Army will stop.
6. Only Asayish (Rojava police) can make arrests.
7. Creation of a mechanism between Rojava Administration and Syrian Regime to resolve Kurdish question.
Meanwhile Asayish forces have made an appeal for people who fled their homes to return to the city, which is in the east of Rojava (northeast Syria).