YPG kidnaps reporter of Iraqi Kurdish channel

Eldorar Alshamia Editor | 16 May, 2017

ElDorar AlShamia:

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in the northern Iraqi province of Kurdistan has revealed the kidnapping of the militia of the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) for the correspondent of an Iraqi Kurdish news channel in the province of Hasakah, northeast of Syria.

The correspondent of the Zagros channel (close to the party) Barzan Hassan Liani was kidnapped in the town of Rumailan of Hasakah, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) said on its website.

For his part, Hussein Hal, a member of the Syrian Kurdish National Council, said that an armed group belonging to YPG in the city of Rumailan, kidnapped the correspondent of Zagros channel, which broadcasts from the Iraqi province of Arbil, forcing him to ride a car without a plate, and took him to an unknown destination.

“The group had shouted slogans against the Syrian-Kurdish National Council while moving away from the place where the kidnapping took place.” Hal pointed out.

"The kidnappings took place Sunday evening in the town of Rumailan and no one has been able to contact so far ," Kilal Hassan Liani, the brother of the kidnapped journalist said.

The militia has been involved in a large number of cases of abduction and enforced disappearance against any party that does not agree with its policies, including the Kurdish National Council and Kurdish opponents of the Assad regime.

There is a situation of political differences between the PYD / YPG and the administration of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, where thousands of young people from the Syrian Kurds fled to Erbil to escape the recruitment of the mandatory militia, and the region has good relations with the Turkish side.



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