PKK-linked YPG abducted more than 100 civilians in Syria this year, watchdog says

IDLIB, Syria
Published 19.02.2019 01:04

A rights watchdog reported Monday that PKK-linked People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists had abducted more than 100 people in northeastern Syria for "security reasons."

According to the U.K.-based Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), the YPG/PKK has abducted 107 people — including women and children — from opposition-held areas and from regions the group has recently occupied on the pretext of fighting the Daesh terrorist organization.

The abducted people were accused of being members of Daesh terrorists or armed groups opposing the Assad regime.

The SNHR went on to report that the YPG/PKK was abducting local residents from the outskirts of Syria's city of Raqqa -- once considered a Daesh stronghold -- and from nearby Manbij. Others were from Tal Abyad, Qahtaniah, Has Dakur, Masada, Suluk, Mansoura and Darbasiyah.

The YPG/PKK terrorist organization has also forcibly recruited child soldiers, the rights group added, with the most recent case recorded last December, when the group forcibly recruited four local children all under the age of 17.

The international community, meanwhile, has continued to warn of rights abuses being committed by the YPG/PKK, which currently occupies an estimated 28 percent of Syria's overall territory.

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