KURDWATCH, September 22, 2014—On September 14 and 15 2014, negotiations took place once again [further information] between armed units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Islamic State (IS) on one side and the regime and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) on the other. Both sides agreed to end the fighting. Eyewitnesses report that FSA and IS units subsequently withdrew from Ghuwayran. Syrian units were then able to take the district without any resistance.
KURDWATCH, September 22, 2014—According to information from the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG), the YPG has freed nineteen Arab villages between al‑Qamishli and Tall Hamis, located forty kilometers to the south. The villages, which were under the control of the Islamic State, were freed between September 13 and 16. 2014. Four YPG‑fighters were allegedly killed in the fighting. However, Arab activists have accused the YPG of killing several dozen civilians in the attacks. The National Coalition has condemned the YPG attacks.
KURDWATCH, September 22, 2014—On September 9, 2014, employees of the transitional administration in the canton of Jazirah, appointed by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), demanded that residents in al-Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) pay a fixed rate of five hundred Syrian lira per household for the supply of water for the past two months. The water supply is controlled by the PYD.
KURDWATCH, September 21, 2014—Hazim ʿAbdulbaqi Hamdu, Matin Muhammad Ismaʿil, and Jalal Ramadan Hasam have been free since 8. September 2014. They were kidnapped on September 4 by the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) [further information].
KURDWATCH, September 20, 2014—On September 14 and 16, a total of two dozen missiles hit several residential districts in al‑Qamishli. At least two adults and two children were killed. Until now no one has claimed responsibility for the shelling.
KURDWATCH, September 20, 2014—On September 7, 2014, Khadij Mustafa Najar (b. 1959 in ʿAyn al‑ʿArab [Kobanî]) was shot and killed by fighters for the Islamic State (IS) while trying to avoid an IS checkpoint near Jarablus (thirty kilometers west of ʿAyn al‑ʿArab [Kobanî]). Najar and her husband had been trying to cross the Euphrates in a boat.
KURDWATCH, September 20, 2014—At the end of August 2014, employees of the city hall of the transitional administration in the canton of Jazirah, appointed by the Democratic Union Party, called upon all shop owners to renew their business registration. The fee is up to two thousand Syrian liras.
KURDWATCH, 20. September 2014—On August 19, 2014, armed fighters for the Islamic State kidnapped the Dr. Azad Khashman from the Ibn Sina Hospital in Manbij (eighty kilometers east of Aleppo). Khashman is a member of the Kurdish National Council’s local committee in Manbij, which is controlled by the Islamic State.
KURDWATCH, September 18, 2014—On August 29, 2014, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) released Jigar Jaʿfar Hammu. Fighters for the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG) kidnapped the member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S) on September 7, 2013 in ʿAfrin [further information]. Shortly after his release, the Asayiş, the PYD’s security service, informed his family that Hammu had to leave the country otherwise he would be »detained« again. Hammu complied with the demand a few days later. An acquaintance told KurdWatch: »Hammu was severely tortured while in captivity.«
KURDWATCH, September 18, 2014—On August 29. 2014, the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), banned the sale and re-letting of apartment buildings and lots in al‑Jawadiyah (Çil Axa). The ban was announced in a flyer distributed throughout the city. Anyone who moved to al‑Jawadiyah after the beginning of the unrest is requested to apply for a residence permit at the PYD’s People’s House by September 1, 2014. In addition, newcomers must produce a sponsor who was a resident of the city prior to March 2011.