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ʿAyn al-ʿArab: Father of YPJ fighter sets himself on fire in protest

KurdWatch, November 19, 2015—On October 26, 2015, Faysal Mustafa Hajjano set himself on fire in protest after his previous attempts to see his daughter (b. 1984), who joined the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) Women’s Defense Units (YPJ), had failed. His protest took place in front of the head office of the PYD‑appointed transitional administration for the canton of Kobanî in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). An activist told KurdWatch that fighters for the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG) had insulted and abused the man, who also has two sons serving with the YPG. Faysal Mustafa Hajjano succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in Turkey on November 1. ʿIsmat Shaykh Hasan, chair of the defense committee for the transitional administration of Kobanî, described Hajjano as a »madman« to the radio station Voice of America.

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