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Fear Grips Kurds as More Blasts Hit Northeast Syria


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After escaping death in the war-ravaged Aleppo, three children have died in northeast Syria, when they went out in the morning to sell watermelon near the post office in Tirbespiye in Qahtaniyah, Syria.

The blast that took the life of the two brothers, Ibrahim Hussein, and Abdullah Hussein, and their cousin, Moussa Al-Abd, whose ages ranged from 8 to 11, and was not the first of its kind. Suicide bombings have become a regular occurrence in the areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the north of the country. Almost on a daily basis, a car, motorbike, or a booby trap explodes, killing tens and injuring dozens.

No official statistic has been released on the number of explosions taking place in the area, but activists and the media have documented several blasts that went off during the past month.

On August 4th, a motorbike parked near Al-Hal market in Hasakah city, exploded without causing any casualties. On the same day and in the same city, another motorbike blew up, but in a different suburb, killing one person and injuring another.

On July 31st, a motorbike went off on the main road of Markada town, south of Hasakah governorate. On July 12th, the same governorate witnessed four blasts, as a stun grenade detonated near Adnan Al-Malki School, while another three motorbikes exploded in different areas of the city.

Fingers of Accusation Point at Isis

In an interview with 7Dnews, Seir Eddin Youssef, a Syrian journalist, links the explosions together for two reasons: the first of which is Isis' sleeping cells that are present all over Iraq and Syria, and the second is "the policy," that aims at spreading chaos, tension and instability in the safer regions of Syria, to prove that the self- administration authorities are unable to maintain security and stability.

"It is in the interest of many parties, mainly Turkey and the hardline jihadist Syrian militias that follow it, to foment turmoil and disorder in self-administration areas," Youssef said.

"In this regard, fingers of accusations also point at the Syrian regime."

Youssef said that the solution to this dilemma lies in "offering more support and training to the Asayish forces, (Kurdish security organisation forces), spreading the culture of cooperation with the security apparatus among citizens, and tightening security", although Youssef admits that the Asayish forces have not managed this so far.

Meanwhile, Kanaan Barakat, head of the Interior Department in Aljazeera province, considered that "these explosions come after the blows given to the terrorist organization Isis, in areas north and east of Syria, especially in Al Raqa and Deir Al Zour by the SDF.

"In retaliation, Isis targeted military and security forces and figures," Barakat said. "But when many of its attacks were foiled and its members were arrested, it turned to civilian places where it targeted children, women, elderly persons and worship places."

Barakat sees that the explosions cannot be separated from "the recent threats posed by the Turkish regime, by launching military attacks, to occupy the autonomous areas, something which scares all its inhabitants.”

He added that as a security authority, they take "all preventive measures to curb these criminal acts, which affect the stability of the region.

Barakat said that the police check all the vehicles, and their drivers, in main and secondary roads, and coordinate with the people whenever something suspicious is found in the area.

"We also carry out campaigns in places where terrorist cells are suspected," Barakat said.

"These suicide attacks are just temporary, they will come to an end soon," he added.

More Explosions to Frighten the Citizens

The recurrence of explosions on a daily basis has aroused the citizens' fears, however, they are trying to keep steady in the face of such destabilising attempts.

In this context, Judy Ali, from Qamshlou, views it that "there are many parties that work on destabilising the region, to show the self-administration and the alliance as incapable of running east of Euphrates."

He said that the recent explosions had increased in conjunction with Turkey's announcement of attacking east Euphrates, which had given a strong push to Isis.

"It is not necessary that there is a direct coordination between the Turks and Isis, but the Turkish threats came in handy for the latter," Ali told 7Dnews.

As for Dlogan Mohamed, a resident of Al-Qamishli city, he said that the people became afraid of going out to the street, as a result of the explosions, and that they are worried about the fate of their relatives and families.

"Despite the long series of explosions, no one has so far donated anything worth mentioning for those families who died in the blasts,” Mohamed said.

“In my neighbourhood, 2016 was the hardest of all, as four entire buildings were destroyed, and nearby shops sustained substantial damage caused by a truck explosion claimed by Isis."

 Mohamed said that no one helped the victims, except for the self-administration financial agency providing compensation of 200 million Syrian liras, which is a very small amount, compared to the destruction caused by the bombing.

Jaber Jundo, another citizen from the city of Amuda, sees that the explosions are "just an instrument used for the growing threats" and that there are a lot who can benefit from that, not only Isis.

"Any country's intelligence can deal with Isis, to launch other explosions in return for concessions," Jundo said.

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