Tribal militia hand over Kurdish detainees to al-Qaeda, north Syria

23-02-2014

 

ARA News

Tel Tamir, Syria− On Wednesday morning, a group of armed men loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) detained a number of Kurdish families from Kobane city in the northern countryside of Aleppo while they were heading to Simalka border crossing to enter Iraqi Kurdistan. 

As the passengers arrived at the road junction of Aliya village on the International Highway near Tel Tamir city, they had to change their way to avoid an ISIL checkpoint. While they were passing through al-Mahil village, 15km west of Tel Tamir city, a group of armed men who belong to al-Buhamdan tribe detained them. 

A resident of the village, who preferred anonymity, told ARA News that the armed men terrorized the families and humiliated the detained men in front of their wives and children. Afterwards, they handed them over to the ISIL fighters in Aliya village. 

In its turn, the ISIL released the children and the women, but kept the men.

Noteworthy, many passengers headed from Kobane city to Simalka border crossing without being detained; however, this incident is a major one. No Kurdish or Syrian party has released a statement regarding the incident. 

 

Reporting by: Dilbirin Shergo

Source: ARA News

 

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