Local media outlets said that the militia of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) detained a number of people in Al-Raqqa city on Tuesday, including a doctor and the imam of a mosque as well as physically assaulted and insulted others.
Activists said that PYD militants raided shops and houses in the Al-Mansour Street in central Raqqa and detained three people; namely Samer Al-Ali, his brother Amer and the imam of Al-Hani mosque in the city. The PYD militants also beat and verbally insulted civilians who objected to the arrests.
The PYD’s rampant violations against civilians have caused a wave of mass protests in the areas under this militia’s control. Women in al-Hul IDP camp in rural Al-Hasakah demonstrated against the dire living conditions, with the PYD militia responding by carrying out arrests.
Rights groups reported many deaths of detainees under torture in the prisons of the PYD militia. Recent weeks have seen an uptick in war crimes against civilians in the PYD-held areas as human rights organizations called for the launch of an investigations into those violations and for holding those responsible to account. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)