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ʿAfrin: PYD arms the public

KURDWATCH, June 18, 2012—The Democratic Union Party (PYD) is putting weapons and ammunition into circulation in ʿAfrin at low prices. According to an informant, PYD‑supporters can receive a machine gun for 20 000 Syrian Lira, while others must pay 25 000 Lira. The informant also stated that some people have been refused weapons. A supporter of the Kurdish Freedom Party in Syria (Azadî), for example, tried in vain to get one such weapon. According to another informant, the PYD also has heavy weapons that originated in the Qandil Mountains (Iraqi-Kurdistan) and are to be flown in via Iran.

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