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Aleppo: Body of abducted doctor found on the outskirts of the city

KURDWATCH, February 14, 2012—On February 9, 2012, the doctor Sharzad Hajj Rashid (b. 1987), a member of the Aleppo Circle of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (Democratic Yekîtî)—the party’s highest body after the Central Committee—was abducted by four armed men shortly after leaving his workplace at the al‑ʾAmal-Hospital in Aleppo. According to statements made by a female colleague who was in the car with Hajj Rashid, the attackers pursued them to a dead end, where they then threw the woman out of the car and abducted Hajj Rashid in his own vehicle.
On February 10 at around 3 o’clock in the morning police told the relatives of the abductee that Hajj Rashid’s body had been found on the outskirts of the city on the way to ʿAfrin. Hajj Rashid’s body exhibited knife wounds and other signs of torture; death was the result of a gunshot wound to the stomach. Hajj Rashid’s car remained missing. Thus far it is unclear who is responsible for the murder.

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