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Al-Qamishli: YPG‑fighters fatally shoot father

KURDWATCH, 20, October 2013—On October 15, 2013, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) in Latifiyah (seven kilometers east of al‑Qamishli) fatally shot Husayn ʿAbdussalam Shakir (b. 1985 in al‑Qamishli, married, one child) and injured his cousin Erish ʿAbdulmajid Shakir. Hasan ʿAbdussalam Shakir, the twin brother of the deceased who is based in Germany, stated to KurdWatch: »It was the first day of the Feast of Sacrifice, my family had many guests. My cousin Erish offered tea to the YPG‑members who had set up a checkpoint in front of our front door and then politely asked them to move the checkpoint slightly. It was too close to our front door. The YPG‑members immediately became aggressive. They insulted my cousin and then tried to arrest him. When my brother Husayn tried to help him, the YPG‑men shot at the two of them. My brother died and my cousin’s leg was injured.«

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