Report: PYD's Aleppo commander executed by FSA
The Aleppo commander of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), an offshoot of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Syria, was executed by members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the most prominent of several armed groups fighting to overthrow embattled President Bashar al-Assad, a news report said on Friday.

The PYD's Aleppo commander, who was identified as Shah Ali Abdo, was killed after he was captured by FSA members during clashes between PYD militias and FSA forces last week, Anatolia news agency said, citing a statement from the London-based according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Sources close to the PYD also confirmed that Abdo, codenamed Nujin Derik, had been killed after he was captured by FSA forces that were part of Salahuddin Ayubi's brigade.

Anatolia reported that the PYD had declared the day of Abdo's death as "Martyr Nujin Friday." The PYD also stated that various demonstrations would be held due to the commander's death.

The FSA and the PYD fought a rare battle in Aleppo's predominantly Kurdish neighborhood of Ashrafieh last Friday, leaving 30 people dead.

During the clashes the PYD reportedly kidnapped 20 FSA members while the FSA kidnapped 180 Kurds. The FSA chief had stated that there were no other clashes after Friday's battle.

According to the FSA, the recent clashes in Aleppo between the members of the FSA and the PYD were the work of the Syrian regime, which aims to provoke Kurds against the Syrian opposition through the PYD.

However, the PYD held the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in Syria responsible for clashes that occurred between members of the FSA and the PYD last weekend. The PYD also accused the KNC of driving a wedge between the FSA and the PYD.

However, in a statement the KNC noted that "the PYD's clashes with the FSA just serve the interests of the Assad regime."

The KNC is an organization that comprises a dozen Kurdish parties -- most of them having been banned during the 50-year rule of Ba'ath Party regime in Syria -- which formed a coalition last October under the auspices of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) leader Massoud Barzani.

Kurds are the largest ethnic minority in Syria and make up around 10 to 15 percent of the country's 23 million people. Most of them live in the northeastern province of Hasakeh near the border with Turkey, but large neighborhoods in Aleppo as well as the capital Damascus are Kurdish-dominated.

The SOHR, meanwhile, has stated that some groups functioning under the umbrella of the FSA are violating human rights in the country. The general director of the SOHR, Rami Abdulrahman, said there is an authority vacuum in regions that used to be controlled by Assad's forces.

The observatory also reported that more than 200 Kurdish civilians had been detained over the weekend by militants.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CİHAN
Last Modified: 2012-11-02 20:00:02
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