Post-Sinjar tensions continue: Over 40 PYD rivals arrested in Syria, KNC offices burned

ARA News – 13  March 2017 – Qamishli – Over 40 supporters of the Barzani-backed Kurdish National Council (KNC) were arrested in northern Syria, following clashes between armed groups of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on 3 March in Sinjar.

“They released some of them but still more than 40 persons are in the PYD-run prisons,” said Majdal Delli, a member of the KNC-affiliated Yekiti party in Qamishli. “This is because of the Sinjar clashes.”Zara Salih, another member of the Yekiti party, told ARA News there were around 45 KNC supporters arrested.

Moreover, supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) were accused of burning the office of the KNC in the Kurdish town of Amude.“The Kurdish National Council condemns these acts and practices that contribute to the destabilization of civil peace among the Kurds, and we hold the PYD responsible for these acts of burning offices and the kidnapping of politicians,” the KNC said in a statement on 11 March.“We appeal to the international organizations to interfere to stop these practices, which have the aim to paralyze political life and consolidate into one-party totalitarian ideology in the region,” the KNC added.

On Saturday, Delil Nuri Biro, a member of the KNC-affiliated Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDP-S), was captured in the village of Xirab Bajar, close to Çilaxa by unknown militants, and whose family are members in the KDP-linked Rojava Peshmergas that clashed with the PKK-linked YBS in Sinjar on 3 March.

Also on Saturday, Yekiti Media reporter Bawer Maruf Ahmad was released after several hours of arrest by the PYD-linked Asayish forces in Qamishli city.The legal office of the KNC on 9 March released a statement about 38 KNC supporters who were arrested since 3 March by PYD-linked security forces, of whom some were released.Moreover, the PYD-backed Revolutionary Youth Group on 9 March attacked the Democratic Progressive Union Party in Derbisiye town.