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Al-Qamishli: PYD burns down independent youth center

KURDWATCH, July 3, 2013—In the early morning of June 28, 2013, the independent youth center Zelal in al‑Qamishli was burned down. According to an eyewitness, supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) broke into the center and started the fire. The witness told KurdWatch: »If I had attempted to stop them, they would have killed me«. According to statements by activists for the youth center who had rushed to the crime scene to extinguish the fire, a YPG vehicle drove past them without helping. »Rodi, you’re a dead man« was scrawled on one wall of the center. Rodi Ibrahim (b. 1977, married, three children) is the director of the center. The rooms of the Ronî women’s center in al‑Qamishli, where Ibrahim’s wife is active, were also set on fire on the morning of June 28.


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