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ʿAfrin: Several activists abducted after an altercation with PYD‑supporters

KurdWatch, August 10, 2016—On July 23, 2016, the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), abducted Sarbast Khalil and Nazir Barakat, both members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S), in ʿAfrin. Already a few days earlier, Musa Oskan, Riyad Ahmad Oskan, Khalid Musa Oskan as well as Shiru Mannan Ahmad were abducted in ʿAfrin. The men abducted supposedly had an altercation with PYD supporters on July 15 during a funeral ceremony for the Kurdish singer Bave Salah in ʿAfrin. The altercation started when PYD supporters tried to prevent the carrying of the Kurdish flag.

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