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Al-Qamishli: All members of el‑Partî are free again

KURDWATCH, May 28, 2013—All seventy-six members of ʿAbdulhakim Bashar’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (el‑Partî) kidnapped by the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) are free again [further information on the case]. Most recently ʿUthman Batal (member of the ʿAfrin regional committee) and Hasan ʿAte (member of ʿAyn al‑ʿArab [Kobanî] regional committee) were released from custody on May 25. Saʿid ʿUmar, director of the Office for General Relations for el‑Partî, told KurdWatch: »All of those kidnapped were treated brutally. They were forced to lay flat on the floor. YPG und Asayiş threatened them and shouted at them during interrogations. Cell phones were initially confiscated, but later returned.«

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