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ʿAfrin: El-Partî member interrogated and beaten

KURDWATCH, June 27, 2013—On June 23, 2013, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) kidnapped ʿUthman Batal, a member of ʿAbdulhakim Bashar’s Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (el‑Partî), at a checkpoint in Shaykh al‑Hadid (Şiyê), circa thirty kilometers west of ʿAfrin. Batal was transported to a building belonging to the PYD’s security service (Asayiş) and interrogated. He and el‑Partî were accused of treason and of collaborating with the enemy. Shortly after his release the same day, Batal was brutally beaten by six people. His leg and two ribs were broken. Additionally, he sustained severe injuries to both his face and his back. In a statement, el‑Partî blamed the PYD and the YPG for the attack.

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