The Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted Head of the National Formation of Syrian Assyrians Fuad Sada as saying that the Assyrian villages in Tal Tamar region in Hasaka are still occupied by the Kurds who forced the residents of these villages to flee, surrendered the villages to the ISIL and looted the houses and churches of the region.
He added that the ISIL has freed tens of abducted Assyrians after receiving huge sums of money, noting that the freed people have revealed the betrayal done by the Kurdish militias.
Sada said that the ISIL has destroyed all churches with the help of the Kurds, adding that the artefacts in the region have been smuggled to Lebanon, Northern Iraq and Syria.
He also disclosed that the ISIL has entered Tal Jazeera and Tal Shamiran after the Kurds’ withdrawal and “abducted 230 civilians in front of the eyes of the Kurds”, saying that the ISIL and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed and supervised by the US, have been displacing and killing the Assyrian citizens in Hasaka province during the war in Syria.
Sada said only a sum of 950 out of the 20,000 residents of the villages near Khabour river in Hasaka are now in the region, and asked the Kurds to withdraw from the villages, deliver their control to the Syrian government and allow the Assyrian population to run a normal life.
Relevant reports said in March that the SDF forces had set ISIL militants free from jails in Raqqa city without presenting any explanation and despite the public’s strong opposition.
Local sources said that a sum of 12 ISIL militants were released by the SDF from jails in Raqqa city, adding that the Kurds have also intensified security measures against civilians in the city.
The sources further said that fuel prices have significantly increased in Raqqa after the Kurdish militias banned sales of fuel supplies in the city.
They also reported growing popular uprising against US-backed SDF in Raqqa.