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Al-Qamishli: Prisoner exchange between National Defense Army and YPG

KURDWATCH, June 19, 2015—On June 15, 2015, fighters for the National Defense Army, which is loyal to the regime, kidnapped sixteen-year-old Murad ʿAlwan ʿAbdi in al‑Qamishli. His father, ʿAlwan ʿAbdi, told KurdWatch: »At least seven other civilians as well as fifteen Asayiş employees were captured along with my son.« On June 16, Murad ʿAlwan ʿAbdi and the other civilians were released as part of a prisoner exchange between the pro-regime militia and the Democratic Union Party (PYD). It is not known if the employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the PYD, were released or if they are still detained.

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