Kurdish detainees held by Islamists released


16-10-2013

 

ARA News 

Tel Abyad, Syria− On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham (HASHA) released a number of Kurdish detainees who were abducted on July 21 in the city of Tel Abyad/Girespi amid clashes between the Islamic groups and Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG).

Among the released were Wahid Aqeel, Farouk Aqeel and Muhammad Khan who were seen by Tel Abyad residents on Tuesday.

Sources in Tel Abyad told ARA News that the detainees who were held by the HASHA Islamic group had no political affiliations.

“Apparently, the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham intended to abduct and detain dozens of residents of Girespi/Tel Abyad only because of their Kurdish identity,” a source said, preferred anonymity. 

The HASHA group (Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham) still holds dozens of Kurdish detainees north Syria. This was the third time for the group to release Kurdish detainees. 

One of the released residents told ARA News that the HASHA members intend to release Kurdish detainees in batches after investigating everyone on alleged political affiliation. 

In another development, areas in the western suburbs of Girespi/Tel Abyad were bombed on Tuesday by Islamist fighters after clashes with the Kurdish forces of the YPG.

“Heavy weapons were used by Islamic groups in bombing several Kurdish villages in the western countryside of Tel Abyad,” a source reported. 

The renewed clashes and bombing of Kurdish areas took place after the YPG forces attacked the Islamists’ headquarters in the village of Jalaba (20 km west of Tel Abyad).

The YPG has reportedly destroyed one of HASHA’s military vehicles that carried a heavy Dushka weapon. Dozens of members of the Islamic groups in Tel Abyad and its suburbs were reported beside the YPG’s casualties due to the fierce and continuous clashes between both sides.  

 

Report by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

 

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