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3,000 people held, forcibly disappeared by Kurdish-led forces: Syrian Network

Local | 2019-09-11 03:06:27
3,000 people held, forcibly disappeared by Kurdish-led forces: Syrian Network
 (Zaman Al Wasl)- The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said Monday that about 3000 people, including 631 children and 172 women,  are still detained or forcibly disappeared by the US-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

The nine-page report reveals that the SDF are attempting to legitimize all repression, arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, kidnapping with the aim of forced conscription, and other widespread human rights violations in the areas they control under the pretext of fighting terrorism and extremists. 

This tactic is very similar to the ploy used by the Syrian regime, which categorizes anyone who opposes its policies and calls for the change of the dynastic ruling family and the ruling family’s appointment of the government as a terrorist who must be arrested, silenced and made an example of as a warning to the rest of society, according to the report.
The Kurdish-led forces on Monday released four activists in eastern Raqqa province after a month of arbitrary arrest.

Salah al-Katea, Anas al-Abbo, Iyas al-Abbo and Khalid al-Salama were detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and held in an American air base in Ayn al-Arab town east of Aleppo city, according to the Raqqa Observatory for Human Rights. 

The local rights group demanded the SDF to release two more activists, Hassan Qassab and Ahmed al-Hashloum, who were detained three weeks ago. 

According to the CNN, the SDF consists of about 35,000 personnel, including Kurdish and Arab fighters. Backed by thousands of US airstrikes and military advisers, the group played the lead role in driving ISIS from cities and towns across Syria, a campaign that saw ISIS lose its last territorial holdings in October 2017.

Eight years of war in Syria have killed 560,000 people and driven half the pre-war population of 22 million from their homes, including more than 6 million as refugees to neighbouring countries.

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