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ʿAfrin: YPG kidnaps Azadî members

KURDWATCH, June 20, 2013—On June 5, 2013, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) kidnapped several members of Mustafa Jumʿah’s Kurdish Freedom Party in Syria (Azadî) in ʿAfrin. The people in question are Farid Muhammad, Peshang Muhammad, Fathi Qaso, Ahmad Bakr, Shaykh Muhammad Hamdush, Husayn Zakariya Faqi, ʿUmar Muhammad ʿAlo, Hamid Muhammad, Yasir Rizko, ʿImad Hasan Miqda, and Muhammad Hasan Kanju. ʿUmar Muhammad ʿAlo and Hamid Muhammad were released the same day. The kidnappings are connected to the fighting between the YPG and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in ʿAfrin. The PYD is accusing the Azadî of cooperating with the FSA.

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