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Al-Hasakah: YPG expels Arab village residents

KURDWATCH, June 5, 2015—According to Arab activists, in late May 2015, the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) demanded that residents of Arab villages around the Jabal ʿAbdulʿaziz (Çiyayê Kezwan) leave their villages. The YPG had captured the mountain a few days earlier [further information]. Numerous people have reportedly complied with the demand. Kurdish activists suspect that the YPG fears the Islamic State (IS) could count on support from the Arab population should it attempt to recapture the territory. The exact number of people displaced is unclear.

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