Syrian civilians detained by Turkey on charges of PKK ties


Kurdish civilians crossing the border into Turkey near Kobane. File photo

ARA News 

Kobane, Syria – On Tuesday, the Turkish authorities released a number of Syrian Kurds who have been detained after crossing into Turkey escaping the war-torn city of Kobane.

The Turkish police released 95 Kurdish civilians, including politicians and media activists, after two weeks in detention in the city of Suruc, one of the released told ARA News.

“They arrested us at the border for suspicions of being involved in military activities in Kobane,” the source said, under the condition of anonymity.

“During the interrogations, they wanted to make sure that we did not have any ties with the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK),” he said.

Speaking to ARA News in Suruc, Perwer Mohamed Ali, one of the released media activists, said that the Turkish authorities investigated them over the past two weeks. “We went on a hunger strike in protest at the unjust detention and unbearable living conditions in the detention cell.”

The Kurdish activists in Suruc said that the Turkish authorities released last week 36 women among the detainees, whose number exceeded 200. They were detained on October 5, following their entry to the Turkish territory after the security and humanitarian situation deteriorated in Kobane.

Noteworthy, the Turkish authorities have asked for 76 Kurdish men from Kobane who are accused of membership in the PKK .


Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News

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