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Al-Qamishli: Participants in the Erbil Conference abducted during the return trip

KURDWATCH, February 12, 2012—On February 6, 2012, five people were abducted while illegally attempting to cross the Iraqi-Syrian border. The people in question are Ibrahim Biro (member of the politburo of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria [Yekîtî] and member of the Executive Committee of the Kurdish Patriotic Conference), Muhammad Yusuf (member of the Executive Committee of the Kurdish Patriotic Conference), Salih Sufi (member of the politburo of the Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Reconciliation [Rêkeftin], a splinter party of the Democratic Union Party [PYD]), as well as their two smugglers. Biro and Yusuf had taken part in the Conference of Syrian Kurds living abroad, which was held in Erbil (Kurdistan/Iraq) on January 28 and 29.
A high-ranking member of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî) told KurdWatch that shortly after the abduction one of the smugglers called an acquaintance and told him that the group had been abducted by supporters of the PKK/PYD. Leading figures in the Kurdish Patriotic Conference and the Yekîtî subsequently demanded that the PYD release the abductees. The PYD denied any responsibility. A few hours later the abductees were handed over to border officials who then transferred them to members of the Military Intelligence Service.

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