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  • US Forces Clash With Civilians in Northeast Syria

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Published 12 February 2020

The U.S. and Syrian forces were involved in a skirmish in Syria's Al-Hasakah province after residents blocked the American forces from accessing a road near Al-Qamishli city. 

A Syrian civilian was killed on Wednesday in northeast Syria when U.S. forces opened fire on protesters blocking their path in the Al-Hasakah province, state-owned SANA reported. 

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The civilian, who was reportedly participating in the protest, was shot by the U.S. forces inside the village of Khirbat Ummo near Al-Qamishli city. 

The report said the Syrian army stopped four U.S. military vehicles at the checkpoint in the town of Khirbet Ummo, adding that hundreds of civilians gathered at the checkpoint and prevented the patrol from passing.

The civilians threw rocks at the vehicles and brought down the U.S. flags from the vehicles, said the report.

In the process, the U.S. forces fired live ammunition and gas grenades on the people, killing one and wounding another, according to SANA.

Afterward, the civilians attacked the convoy and damaged four vehicles of the U.S. forces, prompting the U.S. forces to bring additional vehicles to tow the damaged ones.

Also, SANA said the U.S. warplanes struck the town and covered the withdrawal of the U.S. convoy.

It's worth noting that the U.S. forces have bases in northeastern Syria mainly in areas controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces militias.

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