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Al‑Jawadiyah: Village residents attack an Asayiş station and free relatives

KurdWatch, December 22, 2015—On December 13, 2015 employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), stormed several houses in as‑Suwaydiyah (Siwêdîkê), a village about thirty kilometers east of al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa), and forcibly recruited nine young men for the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG). A few hours later several relatives of the young men gathered in front of the Asayiş station and demanded their release. When the Asayiş didn’t comply with their demands, the relatives stormed the station and freed all nine men. The PYD subsequently cut the village’s electricity and water supply and cordoned off the village. Early in the morning of December 14, the Asayiş abducted another eight residents of the village, among them Bahzad Rasho, Khashman Jarullah, Jamil Husam, Salih Badir, Salih Jundi, Khalid Hasan, Salih Ahmad Sulayman and Ahmad Jarullah. The Asayiş reported the incident on its Facebook page and published photos with weapons, ammunition, and medication that had been supposedly confiscated in as‑Suwaydiyah.

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