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Al-Qamishli: PYD announces deadline for disarmament

KURDWATCH, March 16, 2013—On March 11, 2013, the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) security service (Asayiş) distributed leaflets in places including al‑Qamishli and ʿAfrin. The leaflets set a deadline for people in the Kurdish areas to apply for a gun license. All weapons must be registered with the Asayiş by March 31 2013. Beginning in April, people who own unregistered weapons will be punished. In addition, gun licenses are only to be provided for light weapons; according to the leaflet, heavy weapons are banned. In some locations, instructions from the Asayiş were announced over the loudspeakers of the mosques.

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