Victims of the terrorist attack on a wedding in Hasakah in the al-Rahma hospital in Qamishli. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The Kurdish National Council (KNC, ENKS) in Syria condemned the Islamic State (ISIS) suicide bombing of a wedding in Hasakah Monday night that killed 34 and called on the Democratic Union Party (PYD) to allow Peshmerga trained in the Kurdistan Region to cross the border in order to help secure Rojava, the self-autonomous Kurdish areas of northern Syria.
“We demand from the PYD to dismiss its claim of exclusive control and to give the KNC the opportunity to apply its energies even more to protect the Kurdish territories in Syria,” Kamiran Hajo, head of the KNC’s foreign relations office, said in a statement published on the organization’s website.
The KNC is the main opposition party to the ruling PYD in Rojava. The two parties have struggled for control in the region. In August, several members of the KNC leadership were detained. The president of the KNC, Ibrahim Biro, was deported and warned not to return to Syria, he told Rudaw at the time.
The KNC has a 3,000-strong Rojava Peshmerga that was trained in the Kurdistan Region but the PYD has prevented their entry into Rojava.
The Internal Body in Al-Jazeera Canton published a statement on the terrorist attack, shared by the Rojava Asayesh (security forces) on their Facebook, announcing an investigation into the bombing.
“According to the preliminary investigations, the attack had happened by a suicide [sic] who is at the age of nearly 16 years old, when he blew himself with an explosive belt inside the club at 20:30 pm, which led to the martyrdom of 34 citizens,” reads the statement, noting that all the dead were civilians, including women and children.
More than 90 were wounded.
“We emphasize that we are ‘as it is our duty and our responsibility’ ready to keep the security and safety of citizens during the civil and official events, and we call on the need for restrictive the laws and regulations. We promise that we will remain always vigilant to enjoy the canton and its citizens with permanent security and stability,” the statement concluded.