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 Six Assad's soldiers killed in Syrian Kurdistan

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Six Assad's soldiers killed in Syrian Kurdistan  11.4.2012  

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April 11, 2012

HASAKA, Syrian Kurdistan,— Six Syrian army soldiers were killed in a rare incident in the Kurdish city of Hasaka in Syrian Kurdistan region [Western Kurdistan] on Tuesday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Unidentified gunmen attacked Syrian army troops killing six of them near Hasaka, said observatory spokesperson Hevin Koka.

The incident is the first of its kind to take place in the city since the protests that erupted in Syria in March last year, which saw Syrian soldiers killed in Kurdish areas.

Kurds in Syria have been part of the protests in the country, but President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has not cracked down on them to the same extent as citizens in other areas.

The development comes as Syria pledged to abide by US representative Kofi Annan’s plan of ceasefire and pullback of military forces as of today.

But Koka added: "There's no movement or pullback of Syrian forces from the streets.”

Kurds are the second largest ethnic group in Syria who, according to unofficial figures, number about three million. They accuse the Syrian regime of carrying out discriminatory and racist policies against them for decades. Thousands of Kurds are still deprived of their citizenship.

Kurds in Syrian seek a formal recognition of their ethnic group and Kurdish identity in the Syrian constitution, in addition to the right of self-determination.

By Shirin Hezhar

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