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ʿAyn al-ʿArab: People's Defense Units attack Kurdish National Council party offices

KURDWATCH, November 6, 2012—On October 27, 2012, heavily armed members of the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Defense Units (YPG) attacked the offices of various member parties of the Kurdish National Council in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). The attack occurred a few hours after the expiration of the deadline that the PYD had set for the parties to remove the Syrian independence flag of 1948 from their offices. A large portion of the opposition considers the flag to be the flag of the revolution against the Syrian regime. The offices of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî), the Kurdish Democratic Advancement Party in Syria, Mustafa Khidr Oso's Kurdish Freedom Party in Syria (Azadî), and Nasruddin Ibrahim's Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (el‑Partî) were attacked. Members of the YPG tore the independence flags from the wall; some shots were fired. Several dozen armed members of ʿAbdulhakim Bashar's Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria gathered in front of their office and were thus able to prevent an attack. A few hours after the attack, the independence flags were again hung in the party offices. Supporters of the PYD justified the attacks on the basis that many Kurds were killed under the independence flag in al‑Ashrafiyah,[further information].

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