Eight Kurdish civilians were kidnapped Tuesday evening while travelling between Tal Tamer, in the south-west of Hassakeh province to a nearby village.
According to one source involved in negotiations for their release, the group behind the kidnap is affiliated with the Islamist Ansar al-Shariah Battalion who are calling for the release of another person held by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) People’s Protection Committee militia as a condition for their release.
The area where the kidnapping took place is considered as a rebellious area under rebel control, which includes both Kurdish and Arab villages. It was shelled Tuesday by regime forces, but the results of the damage are not yet known.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer