Syrian gov't accuses Kurdish forces of abducting 30 civilians in Hasakah

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-12 00:23:56|Editor: yan
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DAMASCUS, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) kidnapped 30 civilians while raiding a neighborhood in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah on Wednesday, state news agency SANA reported.

The SDF carried out raids and arrested the people in the Khashman neighborhood amid a state of panic among the civilians, especially women and children, some of whom were beaten by the SDF militants, said SANA.

Meanwhile, SANA charged that the SDF fighters also forcefully prevented tens of families from returning to their homes in the northern city of Raqqa.

The civilians were returning home from the countryside of Raqqa and the countryside of the eastern province of Deir al-Zour and the SDF checkpoints prevented them from entering the Raqqa city, according to the report.

The Raqqa province was the de-facto capital of the Islamic State (IS) group before the SDF dislodged the terror-labeled group from that area in 2017 with the help of the U.S.-led coalition.

The SDF also controls much of the Hasakah province and areas in the countryside of Deir al-Zour province.

SANA said there is a state of discontent among the civilians in Hasakah about the practices of the SDF.