Kurdish activist detained by the PYD, found dead near Afrin



ARA News 

Afrin, Aleppo, Syria − Kawa Khaled Hussein, a Kurdish political activist in the village of Khaltan, near Jinderes in the suburbs of the city of Afrin, was found dead on Monday morning. According to eyewitnesses, Hussein was shot in the head and chest.

Hussein, 46, born in the village of Burj Abdalu in Afrin suburbs, was detained several times by members of the Asayish −security arm of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)− in Afrin. He was abducted recently from his house 12 days before being killed, by the Popular Protection Units (YPG) −the PYD’s military wing− and was imprisoned inside the building of the Criminal Security Forces in Afrin, north of Aleppo.

Kurdish activists in the area accused the PYD and its armed forces to be behind Hussein’s murder. 

The victim, who was buried on Tuesday October 1, 2013 in his hometown village “Burj Abdalu”, was a father of four children; the eldest is Roni (18 years old) left the village after the increasing pressures of the repeated detentions of his father, while the area was frequently stormed by the YPG forces.

Hussein was a prominent activist who supported the anti-Assad Syrian revolution in Afrin area. He was also a member in the Kurdish Azadi Party in Syria.  

The Kurdish Political Union −a coalition of four Syrian Kurdish parties− issued a statement on Wednesday condemning the incident, considering it “a criminal act that shows the executers’ detachment from the kurdiyatî (Kurdishness) usual behaviour”.

The statement also called on the YPG to released “dozens of detained Kurdish activists who were arbitrarily arrested”.

“Many of our prominent activists and political figures are imprisoned by the YPG forces in an arbitrary way, among them are the Azadi Party member Abdulrahman Naso, and members of the Kurdish Democratic Party Siyamend Brim and Said Isso,” the statement of the Kurdish Political Union said. “The YPG and its political leadership of the PYD should be aware that such practices deepen the division within the Kurdish community in Syria, and can only serve the enemies of our people.” 

Recently, the village of Burj Abdalu witnessed fierce clashes between militants of the PYD and some residents who were participating in an anti-Assad protest.

Sources told ARA News that Burj Abdalu villagers installed a barrier waving the Kurdish national flag, refusing the checkpoints the YPG forces located at the entrances of the village. Consequently, the YPG attacked the villagers and opened fire, killing three of them and arresting dozens, local sources said. 

Other villages in Afrin suburbs, north Aleppo, were also exposed to attacks by the YPG forces, including Basoute and Jumla, where residents took the the street in a protest against the “YPG brutal practices”, a source told ARA News, preferred anonymity. 

On the other hand, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the political leadership of the YPG and Asayish forces, did not issue any official statements regarding the recent developments in Afrin area. 


Report by: Jiwan Afrini

Source: ARA News


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