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Raju: One dead and several kidnapped following YPG attack

KURDWATCH, March 21, 2013—On March 16, 2013, supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) attacked supporters of the Kurdish National Council in Raju (twenty kilometers northwest of ʿAfrin). Following a minute of silence to mark the anniversary of the poison-gas attack on Halabja (Iraqi Kurdistan), the Kurdish National Council supporters had chanted slogans celebrating the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Later, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) attacked several homes belonging to the Kurdish Sido family—the family is known for its close ties to ʿAbdulhakim Bashar’s Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (el‑Partî). Shervan ʿAli Sido was killed; Luqman, Barzan, Mustafa Jamal, Muhamad, and Anwar Sido were kidnapped by the YPG.

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