BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Tensions are rising in northeastern Syria following the arrest of several Syrian military personnel by the Asayish forces (Kurdish police) inside the Al-Hasakah Governorate.

According to reports from the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the Asayish forces arrested several members of the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) inside the large city of Al-Qamishli.

In response to these arrests, the National Defense Forces arrested four members of the Asayish police, prompting the closure of several roads inside and outside of Al-Qamishli.

The pro-government Al-Watan publication reported that several roads have been closed and snipers have been deployed in the region after tensions increased between the two sides, adding that the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have warned that it will abduct the family members of the NDF forces in Qamishli if its forces are not freed by the Syrian Army.

It added that the SDF has occupied the buildings of the state power generation company in the al-Nashweh district in southern Hasakah.

The SDF also detained a reporter of a Syrian news channel in Qamishli a few days ago accusing him of taking part in the recent unrest in the Al-Hasakah Governorate.