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Al-Qamishli: PYD activist and her driver arrested

April 7, 2010 – On March 12, 2010, members of the State Security arrested Fatma Ehmed Hawul (b. 1976), a member of Yekîtiya Star, the women's organization of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and her driver, Besam Ebdilcelîl Şakir (b. 1982). Hawul and Şakir were on the road between al-Qahtaniyah (Tirbesipî) and al-Qamishli when they were surprised by a State Security roadside check. When they attempted to drive around the checkpoint, members of the State Security gave chase. Hawul and Şakir are currently in the Political Security Directorate al-Faihaʾ prison in Damascus.


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