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Al-Malikiyah: YPG kidnaps thirty students

KURDWATCH, September 25, 2013 – On September 17, 2013, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) kidnapped thirty people at the border to Iraqi-Kurdistan. The majority of those in question are members of the newly founded Union of Democratic Students and Youth of Kurdistan, who were returning from their organization’s founding conference in Erbil. One of the kidnapped victims stated to KurdWatch: »We were held in al‑Malikiyah in an Asayiş prison, and we were treated badly. About twenty people were confined for hours in a cell in an area of no more than four square meters. They wanted to know what we were doing Iraqi-Kurdistan.« The kidnapped victims were released on September 18.

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