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ʿAfrin: PYD releases PDK‑S-members after twenty months

KURDWATCH, April 27, 2015—On April 20, 2015, the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), released Shukri Bakr and Muhammad Haji, both members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S), in ʿAfrin. Haji and Bakr were kidnapped in Aleppo by employees of the Asayiş on September 20, 2013 and October 10, 2013 respectively. They were initially held in a PYD prison in the Shaykh Maqsud district of Aleppo and subsequently in a PYD prison in ʿAfrin. ʿAbdurrahman Apo, a member of the PDK‑S’s central committee, told KurdWatch that both kidnapped victims were brutally tortured by the PYD.

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