Kurdish-Led Forces Release 114 People in Raqqa

The Kurdish-led forces have been accused of beating women that were demanding the release of their husbands writes Zaman Al Wasl

On Saturday, Kurdish-led Syrian forces freed 114 people in eastern Raqqa province, following a month in detention, local activists said.

Most of the freed people were civilians along with fighters from Thuwar al-Raqqa, the rival group to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to Raqqa-based activist Muhab Naser.

At least 200 tribesmen, mostly from Thuwar al-Raqqa, have been arrested by the SDF over the last four weeks.

The SDF, which the Kurdish YPG militia spearheads, has been the main partner of the US-led coalition against Islamic State in Syria, helping drive the jihadists out of swathes of northern and eastern Syria last year.

The SDF last Saturday freed 20 women who were arrested in Raqqa city after they protested the arrest and imprisonment of their husbands, local reporter said.

The Kurdish-led forces, according to the leading civil group, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, beat the freed women. They rallied in front of Asayesh prison to demand the release of their husbands and relatives after the death a rebel fighter in the same prison.

 

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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