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Aleppo: PYD protects fleeing soldiers

KURDWATCH, August 12, 2013—On August 5, 2013, Free Syrian Army (FSA) units captured the largest Syrian helicopter base in Minnagh (fifteen kilometers east of ʿAfrin). The FSA had laid siege to the landing spot for more than six months; the soldiers entrenched there could only be supplied with food and ammunition by air. After the capture, approximately seventy soldiers fled to ʿAfrin, where they were treated at the hospital. According to unconfirmed information, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG), which control ʿAfrin, evacuated the injured soldiers. The YPG claims to have confiscated five Syrian tanks.

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