Displaced families return to Mount Kizwan under Kurdish protection

HASAKAH (ARA NEWS) – Dozens of families returned to their villages near Mount Kizwan in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, after one year of forced displacement at the hands of ISIS militants.

Over 100 displaced families returned home under the protection of Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), local sources and eyewitnesses confirmed on Monday.

The YPG –leading member of the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)– had regained control of Mount Kizwan in northeastern Syria after fierce clashes with ISIS militants last May. Over the past few months, the YPG and allied units from the SDF have been dismantling hundreds of land-mines and explosives that had been left by ISIS jihadis in villages and towns near the mountain.

“We have dismantled more than 250 land-mines and explosives that were planted by Daesh terrorists to prevent civilians from returning to their villages in the vicinity of Mount Kizwan,” YPG officer Redwan Muhammad told ARA News, using an acronym for ISIS.

“After securing the whole area, we have called on the displaced families to return home,” the Kurdish official said. “Nearly 110 families have returned to their villages and towns in Hasakah province in the past three days.”

Redwan added that the Kurdish leadership has deployed dozens of forces and installed a number of security checkpoints across the area in a bid to prevent any infiltrations by ISIS militants.

“We reassure the people that our forces will do everything to protect them against Daesh (ISIS) terrorists,” he stressed.