US Voices Concern over Intra-Kurdish Tension in Northeastern Syria

An American military vehicle seen in the Qamishli countryside in northeastern Syria, April 20, 2022. (AFP)
An American military vehicle seen in the Qamishli countryside in northeastern Syria, April 20, 2022. (AFP)
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US Voices Concern over Intra-Kurdish Tension in Northeastern Syria

An American military vehicle seen in the Qamishli countryside in northeastern Syria, April 20, 2022. (AFP)
An American military vehicle seen in the Qamishli countryside in northeastern Syria, April 20, 2022. (AFP)

The US Embassy in Syria voiced its concern over the recent attacks on the Kurdish National Council (KNC) offices in northeast Syria.

“The United States is deeply concerned by the recent attacks on several KNC offices in northeast Syria,” the embassy said in a statement on Friday.

“Intimidation and violence have no place in political discourse, and we urge all parties to engage peacefully in pursuit of resolutions that benefit all concerned,” it added.

In response, the General Council of the Syrian Democratic Union Party denied responsibility for the attack.

In a statement, the council said the Turkish raid on the strongholds of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Qandil Mountains of the Kurdistan region of Iraq fell within “the comprehensive attack on our people and freedom fighters by the Turkish fascism.”

It continued: “Instead of [the Kurdish Council] standing up against this policy of genocide, it accuses our party of burning its offices…”

The party also pointed to the violations committed by the pro-Turkish Syrian armed factions in the areas of Turkish influence in northern Syria.

“The [Kurdish Council] has not yet dared to make a statement against the Turkish occupation… and is still affiliated to the Syrian coalition that practices a policy of extermination against our people in Afrin and Ras al-Ain (Sarkani)…,” according to the statement.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that an Iranian commander, along with other leaders and members of Iranian-backed militias, met with supporters of the state security service and elders of the Tayih tribe in Al-Qamishli city in Al-Hasakah countryside.

According to Observatory sources, the meeting discussed the establishment of a military council under the supervision of Iranian advisers in order to confront the deployment of American and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the areas east of the Euphrates.

The rights monitor noted that the meeting was held as a part of Iranian efforts to expand in Syria and lure regime affiliates to work for them, with Russia being preoccupied with its war in Ukraine.

Separately, the local Ein al-Euphrates Network said a number of fighters of the Russian Wagner militia arrived in the Abu Rasin district, located in the far north of al-Hasakah governorate, amid an escalation of Turkish attacks in the area.

The network indicated that the SDF General Command demanded that the Russian forces deployed in al-Hasakah reinforce their positions, following attacks by Turkish drones on SDF positions and military checkpoints.



Israel Pounds Central Gaza Camps, Deepens Invasion of Rafah

A view of a damaged building, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, at the Rafah Crossing, Gaza, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video released on June 19, 2024. Doron Kadosh, Glz/via REUTERS
A view of a damaged building, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, at the Rafah Crossing, Gaza, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video released on June 19, 2024. Doron Kadosh, Glz/via REUTERS
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Israel Pounds Central Gaza Camps, Deepens Invasion of Rafah

A view of a damaged building, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, at the Rafah Crossing, Gaza, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video released on June 19, 2024. Doron Kadosh, Glz/via REUTERS
A view of a damaged building, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, at the Rafah Crossing, Gaza, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video released on June 19, 2024. Doron Kadosh, Glz/via REUTERS

Israeli forces pounded areas in the central Gaza Strip overnight, killing three people and wounding dozens of others, according to medics, while tanks deepened their invasion into Rafah in the south, residents said.
Israeli planes struck a house in Al-Nuseirat camp, killing two people and wounding 12 others, while tanks shelled areas in Al-Maghazi and Al-Bureij camps, wounding many other people, health officials said, according to Reuters. Nuseirat, Maghazi, and Bureij are three of Gaza's eight historic refugee camps.
In Deir al-Balah, a city packed with displaced people in the central Gaza Strip, an Israeli airstrike killed one Palestinian and wounded several others on Thursday, medics said.
The Israeli military said on Wednesday forces were continuing their operations across the enclave targeting militants and military infrastructure in what it described as "precise, intelligence-based" activities.
More than eight months into the war in Gaza, Israel's advance is now focused on the two last areas its forces had yet to storm: Rafah on Gaza's southern edge and the area surrounding Deir al-Balah in the center. The operations have forced more than a million people to flee since May, the vast majority already displaced from other parts of the enclave.
In Rafah, near the border with Egypt, Israeli tanks stationed deep in the western and central areas of the city stepped up bombardment, forcing more families living in the far coastal areas to flee northward. Some residents said the pace of the raid has been accelerated in the past two days.
"The tanks took control of most of the areas in Rafah. People living by the beach have also started to leave toward Khan Younis and central areas in fear because of the continued bombardment," said Abu Wasim, a resident from Rafah's Al-Shaboura neighborhood, who quit his home over a week ago before tanks rolled in reaching the heart of the city.
Rafah housed over half of Gaza's 2.3 million people until May 7 when Israeli forces began the ground offensive into the city. Fewer than 100,000 are now believed to be left behind.
There has been no sign of let-up in the fighting as efforts by international mediators, backed by the United States, have failed to persuade Israel and Hamas to agree to a ceasefire.
The armed wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad said fighters battled Israeli forces with anti-tank rockets and mortar bombs, and have in some areas detonated pre-planted explosive devices against army units.
On Thursday, Israeli authorities freed 33 Palestinians who had been detained during the past months by Israeli forces in different areas of the enclave. The freed detainees were admitted into Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip after they complained of torture and mistreatment by Israeli jailers.