Media: SDF Forces in Hasaka Deliver Control of Key Region to Damascus
The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that implementation of an agreement between the Syrian government and the SDF in Hasaka province in Northeastern Syria has started with the transfer of the control of occupied regions to the army.
It quoted dissident sources as saying that the SDF has surrendered control of al-Nashweh district in Hasaka city to the Syrian army, adding that the army has set up checkpoints near the region.
The SDF is now required to bring down the flags and slogans of Kurdish parties in the city in line with implementation of the agreement with the army.
Also, during the talks underway between the two sides in the town of al-Shadadi in Southern Hasaka, the SDF has proposed to deliver control of the bordering areas with Turkey to the Syrian government.
Al-Watan had also reported on Sunday that the Kurdish militias had agreed to deliver control of oil facilities in Hasaka province to the Damascus government as part of an overall agreement to surrender their regions to the army.
It quoted some opposition sources as disclosing that several government delegations have had meetings with commanders of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) that control the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River, adding that some Syrian military officers, and governor generals of Raqqa and Hasaka provinces had attended the meetings.
In the meantime, some Kurdish-affiliated sources disclosed that a new agreement has been endorsed by the YPG and the Syrian government based on which the Kurds will hand over oil facilities to Damascus to the sole exporter of Syria’s crude oil.
The daily further said that a team of repair and maintenance experts have left Damascus for the town of Tabaqa in Western Raqqa and entered regions that are under the control of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to have meeting with the managing committee of Tabaqa Dam presided by Mohammad Oso.
In the meantime, local sources reported that the Kurdish units have taken photos of their commander Abdullah Ocalan and the group’s flags down from Qanat al-Sowis street in Hasaka city.