Syrian Kurdish civilians abducted by Islamists



ARA News

Tel Abyad, al-Raqqa, Syria ــOn Thursday, the al-Qaeda affiliated group of Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) abducted six Kurdish civilians in the city of Tel Abyad in Raqqa’s subuerbs, sources in the city told ARA News

“They were taken to an anonymous destination, and their families didn’t receive any information on the incident,” the sources said. 

According to the sources of ARA News in Tel Abyad, the abducted Kurdish residents included Mahmoud Ibo, Osman Ibo, Mohammad Mustafa Ibo, Mustafa Rahmeh, Khaled Majer, Mustafa Majer.  

“Khaled and Mustafa Majer have earlier been exposed to detention by the Islamist groups several times,” the sources, preferred to remain anonymous, said. 

According to observers, the abduction of Kurdish civilians in Tel Abyad came as a reaction to the recent clashes in the city between the Islamist armed groups and the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) −the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD)

The clashes reportedly occurred in the western countryside of the city of Tel Abyad after a military vehicle belonging to the Islamist groups exploded. 

In another context, according to an activist in Tel Abyad, the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham stormed the stronghold of “Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiya”−affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS)− in the city this week.  

“The operation resulted in the arrest of 6 members of the “Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiya” brigade by Ahrar al-Sham and the confiscation of military vehicles and weapons, while the rest of the brigade’s members fled the area,” the activist told ARA News.

The Syrian-Turkish border crossing in Tel Abyad is currently controlled by the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham. Observers confirmed that an undeclared agreement between the Turkish authorities and Ahrar al-Sham was reached to rely on the group in managing the border crossing at the Syrian side.  

On July 21, Ahrar al-Sham movement detained dozens of Kurdish activists in al-Raqqa city and didn’t release them yet. Detainees under Ahrar al-Sham in al-Raqqa are reportedly suffering poor health conditions, and their families were not allowed to visit them since July.  


Report by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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