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Al-Qamishli: Body of minor found

KURDWATCH, December 31, 2014—In mid-December 2014, the body of sixteen-year-old ʿAfan Dschumʿa al‑ʿAbusch was found in a field near his home village of Scharmukh, twenty kilometers south of al‑Qamischli. Since the beginning of the civil war, the area has alternately been controlled by the regime, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Jabhat an‑Nusra, the Islamic State (IS), and regime affiliated Arab militias. Relatives of the deceased, as well as Arab activists and the Syrian National Coalition have accused the PKK of kidnapping and killing the Arab boy. By contrast, the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) have explained that al‑ʿAbusch was killed by a mine explosion. Photos of the deceased exhibit injuries that would, in fact, point to a mine explosion.

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