Post-Sinjar tensions continue: Over 40 PYD rivals arrested in Syria, KNC offices burned

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Supporters of the PYD and TEV-DEM (R), and KNC supporters (L). File photo

ARA News

Qamishli – Over 40 supporters of the Barzani-backed Kurdish National Council (KNC) were arrested in northern Syria, following clashes between armed groups of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on 3 March in Sinjar.

“They released some of them but still more than 40 persons are in the PYD-run prisons,” said Majdal Delli, a member of the KNC-affiliated Yekiti party in Qamishli. “This is because of the Sinjar clashes.”

Zara Salih, another member of the Yekiti party, told ARA News there were around 45 KNC supporters arrested.

Moreover, supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) were accused of burning the office of the KNC in the Kurdish town of Amude.

“The Kurdish National Council condemns these acts and practices that contribute to the destabilization of civil peace among the Kurds, and we hold the PYD responsible for these acts of burning offices and the kidnapping of politicians,” the KNC said in a statement on 11 March.

“We appeal to the international organizations to interfere to stop these practices, which have the aim to paralyze political life and consolidate into one-party totalitarian ideology in the region,” the KNC added.

On Saturday, Delil Nuri Biro, a member of the KNC-affiliated Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDP-S), was captured in the village of Xirab Bajar, close to Çilaxa by unknown militants, and whose family are members in the KDP-linked Rojava Peshmergas that clashed with the PKK-linked YBS in Sinjar on 3 March.

Also on Saturday, Yekiti Media reporter Bawer Maruf Ahmad was released after several hours of arrest by the PYD-linked Asayish forces in Qamishli city.

The legal office of the KNC on 9 March released a statement about 38 KNC supporters who were arrested since 3 March by PYD-linked security forces, of whom some were released.

Moreover, the PYD-backed Revolutionary Youth Group on 9 March attacked the Democratic Progressive Union Party in Derbisiye town.

The KDP security forces also arrested 32 supporters of the PKK in Erbil, when they attempted to protest against the KDP policies in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Most of them were released.

Mohammed Kayani, a former member of the Kurdish opposition group Gorran and former prisoner in Iraqi Kurdistan, said that until now 6 Kurds remain in prison.

“Yes I am release but still there are 6 HDP supporters in detention,” Kayani said. “4 from baker [Turkey’s Kurdistan] and 2 from Rojava [Syrian Kurdistan] still in prison.”

Also, Swara Mahmud, a reporter for the PKK-affiliated Roj News was arrested by the KDP-affiliated security forces on 4 March, while covering these protests. “He has been released. 3 days after me,” Kayani told ARA News.

Heavy clashes broke out on 3 March after 500 KDP-affiliated Syrian Kurdish Rojava Peshmergas clashed with the PKK-affiliated Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS) in the town of Khanasor. Since then tensions between KDP and PKK linked parties continue both in Iraqi Kurdistan and Rojava.

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