Did the YPG burn Arab homes in Hasakah earlier this month? The FSA wants an investigation

Published June 16th, 2015 - 02:11 GMT
This unanswered question has been brewing since early June: Who burned thousands of Arab homes in Hasakah? (AFP/File)
This unanswered question has been brewing since early June: Who burned thousands of Arab homes in Hasakah? (AFP/File)

Earlier this month, curious reports emerged about Syria's Hasakah district and the Sunni Arabs that lived there, when The Times' claimed Kurds were "burning Arab villages" under their control in the northeastern tip of the country. 

Though uncorroborated, the article said some 10,000 Arabs had been forced to flee their homes in the last six months, and the group to blame was the Kurdish militia YPG — a problematic development, since the group has been hailed internationally for standing up against Daesh (ISIS) and won the support of US airstrikes because of it. 

 

The Kurds put out statements of their own shortly after, dismissing the ethnic cleansing claims as propaganda. After that, things went quiet for a while. 

But now the subject's back on the forefront on social media, where Free Syrian Army Colonal Abdul Jabbar Aqidi called for an investigation into the burnings and the YPG's involvement. This development comes just after the apparent collaboration of both groups in the recent victory against Daesh in the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad. 

 

 


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