Nusaybin, Turkey− Six Kurdish civilians were arrested by members of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near Aleppo on Thursday.
The six detainees were on their way to the city of Kobane, north Syria, when the ISIL fighters stopped and arrested them, local sources said.
Among the detainees were three teachers −Fadel Kordan , Fawaz Mamo, Mizkin Ahmed− who were attending in Aleppo an activity on the educational situation in the area.
The Kurdish city of Kobane is since months blocked by the ISIL fighters, who imposed barriers on the movement from and to the city. ISIL blockade is executed under the pretext that Kobane is under the control of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its supporters. The PYD-linked forces and al-Qaeda affiliated groups are since months in conflict for control over Syria’s northern areas.
Recently, the region witnessed similar arrest incidents by the ISIL fighters, including the arrest of a bus driver with his assistant while transporting food supplies to Kobane.
According to activists, hundreds of Kurds have been displaced due to the practices of Islamist fighters in the area. Months earlier, some Kurdish activists called on the political parties to help Kurds in Allepo, Manbij and al-Bab who suffer amid the increasing repression and arbitrary practices of the Islamist groups, mainly the Qaeda-linked ISIL.
Reporting by: Zara Seyda
Source: ARA News
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