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ʿAfrin: YPG occupies private home

KURDWATCH, September 16, 2013—On August 25, 2013 fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) occupied the home of ʿAbdulhamid Bilal in Qastal Mukhtar (fifteen kilometers north of ʿAfrin). Bilal is currently receiving medical treatment in Turkey; his family also no longer lives in Qastal Mukhtar. His daughter Fatima ʿAbdulhamid Bilal stated to KurdWatch: »I call on the PYD to leave poor people in peace. They should leave our home. My father is no longer in Syria because of his health. Many others are leaving their homes and villages, because through its deeds and provocations, the PYD is bringing radical fighters to ʿAfrin.« Several sources have reported to KurdWatch that PYD supporters are preventing residents of ʿAfrin and ʿAyn al‑ʿArab from leaving the region. The PYD accomplishes this, in part, by threatening to occupy empty homes.

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