Kurdish forces captured dozens of Baath members in northern Syria


Security patrol of Syrian Kurdish Asayish forces. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria ــ The People’s Protection Units (YPG) arrested dozens of members of the Arab Socialist Baath Party in Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) in Hasakah province, in northeastern Syria, locals reported on Thursday.

Speaking to ARA News in Sere Kaniye, civil rights activist Aziz Khalil said that the YPG carried out a campaign of mass arrests in the ranks of the members of the Arab Socialist Baath Party in the city and a number of its surrounding villages.

“The YPG forces arrested Saeed Attiya, the former head of the Baath branch during the bloody events of Qamishli (Qamishlo) in 2004 (where nearly 40 Kurdish men were killed by the pro-regime security forces),” Khalil added.

Khalil said that Saeed Attiya was accused of supervising the looting operations, which affected tens of Kurdish shops in the city of Sere Kaniye, in addition to supervising the torture process carried out against the Kurdish detainees in the state security branch of the city.

Local activists told ARA News that the arrest campaign also included other areas in the countryside of Sere Kaniye, as well as other areas in the province of Hasakah, arguing that the arrests came on the heels of the repercussions of the recent clashes between the YPG forces and the pro-regime militias in the city of Hasakah, during which dozens fell between dead and wounded from both sides, including civilians.

Noteworthy, Qamishli events in 2004 came after three children were killed in the stadium of the city, during a soccer match between the teams of al-Jihad from Qamishli and the Futuwa from Deir ez-Zor, to develop into clashes between the Kurdish protesters and the pro-regime forces in all the cities of Hasakah province.

Additionally, the anti-regime Kurdish uprising spread to the cities of Kobane and Afrin, as well as the Kurdish neighborhoods in the cities of Damascus and Aleppo. At least 40 Kurds were reported dead, 500 injured and tens of thousands were imprisoned, while many Kurdish shops were looted in the cities of Hasakah and Sere Kaniye.


Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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