Kurdish civilians abducted by al-Qaeda affiliated ISIS in Syria’s Jarablus



ARA News

Kobane, Syria− Kurdish residents in several areas northern Syria reportedly suffer under arbitrary practices by Islamist fighters, sources said.

Dozens of Kurdish civilians in the city of Jarablus were arbitrarily detained by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) on Saturday.

Activists reported that a campaign of mass arrests was carried out by the al-Qaeda affiliated fighters of ISIS in Jarablus, near the Turkish borders −35 kilometers west of the city of Kobane, north Syria.

“Beside the abduction and arbitrary arrests, eight Kurdish men were killed in public by the Islamist fighters in Jarablus on Saturday,” an activist, who preferred anonymity, told ARA News. “The ISIS group accuses the majority of Kurds in this area of links with the YPG fighters (Kurdish Popular Protection Units) and the PYD party (Democratic Union Party, YPG’s political leadership)”. 

Among those who were abducted by the ISIS members in Jarablus were Rashid Silo, Shikri Alo along his wife and two children, Naasan Iski, Mahmoud Abbas and his 11-year-old daughter and his daughter-in-law, Ali Haji, and Buzan Miho. Dozens of others were also abducted but their identities are not revealed yet. 

Kurdish NGOs called on the “influential political factions” to take action and stop the “suppressive” practices of Islamists against Kurdish civilians in Syria’s north. 

Kurdish activists argued that the Islamist armed groups in Syria are trying to impose their control on the Kurdish region through separating different areas and installing barriers on main roads “to paralyze movement” and “weaken links” between different areas in order to “facilitate control”. 

Thousands of Kurdish families were displaced from their homes due to the recent incidents of arrest and abduction practised by al-Qaeda’s ISIS in northern Syria. 

Kurdish neighbourhoods in cities of Girespi/Tel Abyad and Tel Erran were evacuated of residents due the threats of ISIS fighters, sources told ARA News. Kurds in al-Bab and Manbij in northern Aleppo were also exposed to mass arrests resulting in a large displacement movement among residents. 

Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) are in control in a number Kurdish cities and villages. The al-Qaeda-linked ISIS aims at establishing an Islamic state in areas under its control through spreading Islamic Shariaa. 

Consequently, an armed conflict erupted between Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and al-Qaeda affiliated fighters in northern Syria, causing dozens of casualties from both sides. The YPG (armed wing of the Democratic Union Party PYD) took over some areas north-eastern Syria after the withdrawal of the Islamists. However, the fighting and clashes resume from time to time with a reportedly higher degree of violence and brutality. 



Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar and Baran Misko

Source: ARA News


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