Syria detains 400 people in operations against PKK

18:23, July 01, 2010      

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Syria has detained 400 people in operations against the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Thursday.

The Syrian security forces have staged operations against the PKK in Aleppo, Kamishli, Afrin, Al Hasaka and Al Raqqa cities, and detained 400 people on charges of being a member of this organization, according to the report.

The detainees are also interrogated on charges of collecting unjust money, attempting to divide Syria and establish a separate state, and dissolve Kurds living in Syria ethnically and religiously, said the report.

Meanwhile, Syria decided to implement harsh sanctions against families of Kurdish descend who provide logistical support to the PKK, said the report.

Eleven PKK members were killed in clashes between the security forces and PKK in various Syrian cities last week, added the report.

Syrian President Bashar al-Asad, who visited Turkey some time ago, had said acts of the PKK were unacceptable, Turkish and Syrian security forces were cooperating against the PKK.



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