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ʿAfrin: Further kidnappings following YPG‑attacks

KURDWATCH, March 21, 2013—On March 13 and 14. 2013, members of the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) once again attacked several Kurdish villages near ʿAfrin. At least ten people were kidnapped, including members of ʿAbdulhakim Bashar’s Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (el‑Partî) and Mustafa Jumʿa’s Kurdish Freedom Party (Azadî). A leading member of the Azadî told KurdWatch: »The Syrian telephone networks haven’t been working in days, Turkish cell phones have no reception here, and the streets are controlled by the YPG. Therefore we cannot say exactly how many people have been kidnapped. The Supreme Kurdish Committee was negotiating between us and the YPG so that those kidnapped on March 8 would be released. With the new kidnappings, the YPG wants to show that there can be no power alongside the YPG.«

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