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Tall Abyad: Arab tribes issue an ultimatum to the YPG

KurdWatch, December 18, 2015—On December 5, 2015, the assembly of tribes from ar‑Raqqah organized a demonstration in Suluk, with approximately three hundred male participants, against the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) policies. In a statement, those gathered requested that the PYD’s People's Defense Units (YPG) stay out of their territories as well as hand over those »criminals who are responsible for the assaults [no further explanation]« within fourty-eight hours. It further stated that the »sons of the [Arabic] tribes in ar-Raqqah will no longer watch the systematic expulsion from Suluk and Tall Abyad«.

The YPG captured the city of Tall Abyad and its surroundings in June 2015 [further information], and since then the YPG has been accused of violating human rights, among others by Amnesty International.

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