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ʿAyn al-ʿArab: Kurdish tribe frees members from the PYD's control

KURDWATCH, July 12, 2012—On June 28, 2012, armed units of the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Protection Committees kidnapped the cousins Nafiʿ and Kusan ʿAdil Shahin in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). On the same day, members of the Botan Bage tribe, of which both the kidnapped victims were members, stormed the state-run tobacco company Riji, which the PYD had turned into a prison; the prisoners were freed. Representatives from both sides fired into the air. Afterwards, the PYD demanded that the prisoners be handed over or that a payment of five million Syrian lira be made.


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