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Al-Hasakah: Vehicle with leading members of PDK‑S fired upon at checkpoint

KURDWATCH, January 21, 2015—On January 14, 2015, an employee of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), fired upon a passing vehicle at a checkpoint in al‑Hasakah ʿAbdurrahman ʿAbtan, member of the central committee of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S), and Bashar Amin, member of the politburo of the same party, were in the vehicle. No one was harmed. The Asayiş said the incident was the result of the inexperience of the employee who fired the shots. In a statement to the press, however, the PDK‑S drew a possible connection to an appearance that the two members had made on a live broadcast on the Iraqi-Kurdish television station Zagros‑TV, which was aired shortly before the incident. Journalists for this station have already been affected by PYD repression on several occasions [further information]. On the other hand, Bashar Amin was previously kidnapped by the Asayiş on May 14, 2014 and left at the Syrian-Iraqi border in his pajamas [further information].

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