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Aleppo: One dead following gunfight in the district of Shaykh Maqsud

KURDWATCH, March 15, 2012—On March 10, 2012, supporters of the regime attacked a television team from the Ronahî station, which has ties to the Democratic Union Party (PYD). The attack occurred in the majority Kurdish inhabited Shaykh Maqsud district of Aleppo. In the course of the attack, Mariam Jamil Salmo (geb. 1961), an activist for the PYD’s women’s organization »Yekîtiya Star« known by the name Gule, was seriously injured. She succumbed to her injuries on the morning of March 13. In reaction to the assault, PYD supporters and other activists attacked an Arab family whose members had worked as militia members for the government, setting their homes and cars on fire. The family subsequently fled from Shaykh Maqsud. When the army moved into the district a short time later, a brief gunfight with PYD supporters ensued. On March 11, the military withdrew from Shaykh Maqsud. On March 12, the PYD removed the road blocks that the PYD and other activists had erected.

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