PM Barzani Condemns YPG Attack on Peshmerga Forces
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PM Barzani Condemns YPG Attack on Peshmerga Forces

ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani has condemned an attack by the fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on the Syrian border on Tuesday night.

Speaking to reporters, Deputy Minister of Peshmerga Sarbast Lazgin, explained that at least eight YPG fighters attempted to cross into the Kurdistan Region through Fishabour border crossing illegally, adding that the Peshmerga forces prevented them from doing so.

"Three of them returned from the beginning, but five of them were pushing to enter the Kurdistan Region, which was not allowed by the Peshmerga forces," he said, noting that a group of around 60 YPG fighters soon after attacked the Peshmerga forces with heavy and medium-size weapons, who were repelled by the Peshmerga fighters.

Apart from "strongly" condemning the attack, Barzani also called in a statement on the US-led Coalition forces to ensure their weapons, which were given to the Syrian Kurdish forces during the war against the Islamic State (IS), will not be used for attacking the Kurdistan Region.

"I condemn this reckless, unprovoked attack by the YPG in the strongest terms. This was a clear and illegal violation of the territory of Kurdistan Region and the authority of the Kurdistan Regional Government," Barzani said in a statement.

"I call upon our friends and partners in the Global Coalition to ensure that the YPG does not repeat this act of aggression," Barzani added. "The YPG cannot be allowed to exploit foreign assistance to launch attacks on our territory. Any repeat would be seriously damaging to regional security."

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