HASAKAH, Syria – The Health Directorate of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria issued a written press statement criticizing the Syrian government in Damascus for releasing untested passengers from a Damascus–Zalin (Qamishli) flight on Wednesday.
“We, in the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria, had been working within the available capabilities to prevent introducing the COVID-19 epidemic to our regions by closing all the border crossings,” read the statement. “The only remaining outlet to enter and exit Qamishli is its airport.”
The statement continued:
For prevention, we imposed “finger-prick” test and quarantine measures on the passengers to ensure their safety. However, the Syrian authorities expose the lives of our people to danger and allow the passengers to enter our areas without being “finger-prick” tested or quarantined and even without the permission of the Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.
We, in the DAA Health Directorate hold the Syrian authorities accountable for any potential infections in our areas due to their recklessness of the coronavirus precautionary procedures. We also call on our students, who come back to Qamishli, to be responsible and conduct the necessary precautionary measures.
In related news, the city of Hasakah during the second day of the DAA’s curfew extension witnessed more violations of the curfew in comparison with the past 16 days.
According to residents, the city witnessed lots of people in public moving between neighborhoods. Many shops were open with people gathering in them. Heavy vehicle traffic was also reported in the city. No signs of strict security forces control had been seen throughout the city, which raised the residents’ concerns of potential coronavirus infections.