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Aleppo: Kurdish politician and writer fatally shot

KURDWATCH, February 7, 2013—On January 31, 2013, Kamal Mustafa Hanan (b. 1954 in ʿAfrin, married, three children) was fatally shot near his home in the mainly Kurdish district of al‑Ashrafiyah in Aleppo. Hanan was the editor-in-chief of the Kurdish language journal Newroz and a former member of the leadership of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (Democratic Yekîtî). On February 1, the Democratic Yekîtî organized a funeral march near ʿAfrin to mark the burial. Representatives of many of the parties in the Kurdish National Council as well as representatives of the PYD took part in the burial. It is unclear if this was a targeted assassination or if Hanan was accidentally hit by a bullet.


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