Militia of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) executed a civilian in Raqqa province hours after his arrest, activists said, adding that the militia assaulted women and carried out arrests in the province on Friday.
Local media network Baladi News reported that the PYD militia detained civilian Issa al-Haj Abdullah during a raid in the village of Al-Khalidiya in rural Raqqa on Friday. The network added that the arrest followed a quarrel Between Haj Issa and the PYD elements who insulted and physically assaulted women during the raid on Haj Issa’s house.
The Network pointed out that two hours later, the PYD militias returned with the body of Haj Issa and handed it over to his family. This crime is added to an endless litany of war crimes and gross violations by the PYD militia against civilians in the areas under its control.
The PYD militia committed a similar crime when they executed a civilian in the town of Al-Qahtaniya in western rural Raqqa in August. In its latest report on violations in Syria, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that the PYD militia had been responsible for the death of 31 civilians since March, adding that more than 300 civilians are being held in the PYD’s prisons. Local sources say the number of detainees in PYD prisons exceeded 1,000, including women and children as daily arrests that have increased in recent months.
Villages and towns in northern rural Raqqa have seen daily raids by the PYD militias lately, which provoked widespread demonstrations by the local population who denounced these violations and demanded that the PYD militia withdraw from all areas under their control in the province. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)