YBS forces in Shingal. File photo: Rudaw
SHINGAL, Kurdistan Region – Fighting has broken out in Shingal between the Shingal Protection Units (YBS) and the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi near Shingal, resulting in casualties on both sides.
The clashes were reportedly sparked when the Hashd al-Shaabi forces tried to cross through territory controlled by the YBS, an armed force formed by the PKK to provide protection for Yezidi areas, near Khanasour in order to cross the border into Syria.
Rudaw’s correspondent reported that two YBS fighters were killed as well as three from the Hashd forces. Seven more Hashd fighters are reported to have been injured.