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ʿAyn al ʿArab: PYD abducts activists

KURDWATCH, December 30, 2012—On December 24, 2012, members of the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Defense Units (YPG) kidnapped six activists at a dissident rally inʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). Those kidnapped were Hammudah ʿAbbas, Rawan Shaykh Nabi, Kawa Ramadan Shaykhu, Mustafa Shaykhu, Habash Hami, and one additional person. The activists, who had been spectators at the ceremony marking the founding of the Free Syrian Army's Nusur-Kobani battalion, were accused of belonging to the Free Syrian Army. After an intervention by the Free Syrian Army's Kurdish Military Council, the activists were released on December 25. Otherwise, the PYD had been threatened with consequences.

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