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ʿAyn al‑ʿArab: YPG fatally shoots three people at checkpoint

KURDWATCH, June 29, 2013—On June 23, 2013, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) surrounded the village of Tall Ghazal near ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî) and erected several checkpoints. The same day Hayawi ʿAbdu Hammu and his son, Mustafa ʿAbdu Hammu, were shot dead in their van by YPG‑fighters at one of these checkpoints. The YPG opened fire when father and son failed to stop at the checkpoint on their way into the village. When villagers tried to help the two, the YPG also fired at them. As a result, Mahmud ʿUmar was killed and six other people were injured. An activist stated to KurdWatch: »The village has long been a thorn in the PYD’s side. It is among the few villages in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab that isn’t under the PYD’s control. Most of the villagers are members of ʿAbdulhakim Bashar’s Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (el‑Partî), Shaykh Ali’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria, both wings of the Kurdish Freedom Party in Syria (Azadî), and the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria. The PYD wants to intimidate the villagers. Now the PYD is said to have approved a search for four party members from the village. Those in question are ʿAli Tami (Future Movement), Harun Muhammad ʿAli (Mustafa Khidr Oso’s Azadî), Mustafa ʿAtta (Mustafa Jumʿa’s Azadî) and Aziz Schahin (el‑Partî).

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