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ʿAyn al-ʿArab: At least one dead after gunfight between PYD supporters and employees of the Air Force Intelligence Service

KURDWATCH, February 22, 2012—On February 15, 2012, a gunfight broke out in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) between supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), supposed supporters of the regime, as well as employees of the Air Force Intelligence Service. An Air Force officer is said to have been killed during the gunfight. Faruq ʿIsa (b. 1984, married, 3 children), who happened to be in the area, was also killed in the crossfire. ʿIsa was a member of the Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party in Syria. Prior to the gunfight, a conflict arose between the PYD and several Arab families who were considered loyal to the regime. PYD supporters had told these families to leave ʿAyn al‑ʿArab within five days. Following the gunfight, the families fled the city; PYD‑ supporters set fire to their homes. Thousands of activists and members of Kurdish parties took part in a funeral march that took place that same day as part of the burial of Faruq ʿIsa. ʿIsa was buried in Tarmik, approximately three kilometers south of ʿAyn al‑ʿArab.

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