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Raʾs al-ʿAyn: More mass recruiting

KURDWATCH, May 12, 2015—On May 3, 2015, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), stormed internet cafés and coffee houses in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê) and forcibly recruited numerous young men. At the same time, other people were picked up off the street. Outraged relatives demanded in vain that the Asayiş release their sons. Based on the number of protesting relatives, it can be concluded that more than thirty people must have been recruited. A similar wave of kidnappings last took place on April 4, 2015 [further information].


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