Amude, Syria− A representative committee of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) visited Amude city in northeastern Syria on Tuesday to investigate an incident which occurred in the city on the 27th of June, 2013, as the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) opened fire against unarmed protesters and which resulted in the death of 6 and the injury of dozens.
The delegation met leaders of the YPG and the Assayish forces −armed wings of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)− in addition to members of the local revolutionary comission and local eyewitnesses. The HRW committee also met local leaders of the Kurdish Yekiti Party whose office in Amude was stormed by the YPG forces who used heavy weapons and arrested 35 of Yekiti members, while Aras Banko, a Yekiti member, was shot dead, according to reports back then.
Abdul Rahim Tikhubi, a member of the Amude Revolutionary Commission and whom the HRW investigation committee interviewed, told ARA News that the delegation interviewed different people, examined and photographed the location where the incident took place.
Tikhubi added that the HRW committee came to the region to investigate several issues which included examining the conditions of prisons and detainees, in addition to the courts constituted by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and to make sure of the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria’s northern areas.
Reporting by: Rezan Mohammed
Source: ARA News
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