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Al-Qamishli: PYD kidnaps young men

KURDWATCH, October 16, 2014—On October 14, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), arbitrarily kidnapped young men between the ages of eighteen and thirty from the streets in all areas under PYD control. The majority of those kidnapped were released by the following day. They first had to sign that they would not leave the country and that they were ready to fight in the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG) at any time. Should they fail to keep this agreement, their family will have to pay 500 000 Syrian Liras. They were also told verbally that a female member of their family would be recruited should their family fail to pay the required sum. Exact information about the number of people released as well as those still being detained is not available. A total of up to three thousand men are allegedly affected, including both Arabs and Christians. The Kurdish National Council condemned the action in a statement: »This unjustifiable measure by the PYD will push the remaining young men to leave the Kurdish regions.«

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