Barzani orders region’s hospitals to treat wounded from Qamishlo
The Kurdistan Region’s hospitals are on alert after an order by Masoud Barzani for facilities to be prepared to receive people injured in clashes between Kurdish and regime forces across the border in the Syrian-Kurdish city of Qamishlo.
The Kurdistan Region’s Presidency (KRP) released a statement Friday (April 22) saying Barzani issued an order to hospitals in the Kurdistan Region to take in people wounded in recent fighting in Qamisho.
“The Kurdistan Region’s president charges all related institutions of the Kurdistan Region to do whatever necessary to assist and facilitate ways of receiving wounded people and providing all equipment for treatment,” the statement said.
NRT correspondent Nubar Ismail said casualties have been reported, both killed and wounded, as clashes continue between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian-Kurdish Asay- ish officers. At least 12 Asayish members were detained by government forces and 90 government forces were also arrested by the Syrian Kurdish Asayish.
Qamishlo is mostly controlled by Kurdish security forces who took over in 2011.
Syrian Kurdish groups now control wide areas of northern Syria, referred to by Kurds as Rojava, where they have set up their own government.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group tracking the war, said fighting this week began after the Asayish stopped a car carrying an officer of a militia that operates under the control of the Syrian army. It also reported an explosion that was likely to have been from a car bomb.