Urfa, Turkey – The al-Qaeda-linked fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) arrested on Thursday 17 young Kurdish men in Hasaka province, northeastern Syria, while they were heading from the Kurdish city of Kobane in the countryside of Aleppo to the Iraqi borders, as they were intending to enter Iraqi Kurdistan.
According to relatives of one of the detainees, none of the group was involved in any political activities.
“They were heading to the Iraqi Kurdistan to look for a source of livelihood, especially after the deteriorating economic situation here (in Syria),” said a relative of one of those arrested by ISIL group on Thursday.
The arrest came on the background of the conflict between the ISIL fighters and the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) for control over northern areas in Syria, which escalated after the YPG took over Tel Kocher crossing at the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Reporting by Hana Muslim
Source: ARA News
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