ARA News

Urfa, Turkey– Al-Qaeda affiliated group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) executed 60 Syrian Kurds in the city of Tel Temir in Hasaka province on Wednesday, activists reported. 

Media sources close to the ISIL said that the group has captured “more than 100 PKK members” (in reference to forces of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party PYD) in an ambush near Tel Temir city. The same sources added that 60 of them (Syrian Kurds) have been summarily executed by ISIL fighters. 

The ISIL-linked media sources published images of the Kurdish detainees on social networking sites.  

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the ISIL arrested more than 160 civilians, mainly from the cities and countrysides of Tel Abyad and Kobane, most of them were Kurds. They were reportedly heading to Simalka border crossing to enter Iraqi Kurdistan. According to local sources, they (160 civilians) were arrested after the ISIL checked their identities and figured out they were Kurds. 

Local activists told ARA News: “The arrested people are civilians who were heading to the border crossing to enter Iraqi Kurdistan for work and were arrested near Tel Tamir city in Hasaka province by Arab tribal groups loyal to the ISIL, and they were transferred to Tel Abyad city and then to Raqqa by the ISIL.”

The activists pointed out that “the arrested people aren’t members of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) or the forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG)”. 

Noteworthy, the ISIL carried out an arrest campaign among the Kurds in Tel Abyad city in July 2013 which forced the displacement of residents towards the Turkish borders. Meanwhile, the ISIL imposed a siege on the cities of Kobane and Afrin since three months, while the battles are raging between the ISIL and the Kurdish YPG forces in different areas in Hasaka province. 


Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News


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