Locals say PYD forces Arab youth to fight Daesh in Raqqa

ANADOLU AGENCY
Raqqah
Published 26.09.2017 20:37

The PKK/PYD terror group is forcing young Arabs to fight the Daesh terrorist group in Raqqah province in northeastern Syria, according to eyewitnesses.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency on Tuesday, a 25-year-old said he was forced to join the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to fight Daesh.

"After a brief training, Arab youth are sent to the front," he said. "They are either killed by Daesh during combat or by the PKK/PYD if they withdraw."

"More than 500 people fled from the PKK/PYD and took shelter in their villages," he claimed. "Many of them, however, were recaptured by PKK/PYD during raids."

The recruit recalled the killing of 10 Arabs by Daesh after they were deployed in the al-Mashfa al-Jadeed district in Raqqah in mid-September.

"Those who survived the combat demanded a backup force but this was rejected by PKK/PYD, forcing them to retreat," he said. "The PKK/PYD opened fire on themforover their retreat, killing five, while five others were imprisoned."

Another Arab recruit, 22, from the town of Tel Abyad, said 10 Arabs, led by a PKK/PYD commander from Mt. Qandil, were sent to thweal-Manteqa al-Senaya district in Raqqah late August.

"The Arabs were killed during the fight, while the commander was handed over to the PKK/PYD under an agreement between the group and Daesh," he claimed.

The PKK/PYD has captured almost 80 percent of Raqqah, the de facto capital of Daesh's self-proclaimed caliphate, since a major anti-Daesh campaign was launched early June.

Names of the interviewed people were withheld by Anadolu Agency due to security concerns.

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