SULAIMANI – The security forces in Erbil have held incommunicado three members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (YPD) and Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES), nearly five days after they were detained at Erbil International Airport, representative of AANES office in the Kurdistan Region said on Tuesday (June 15).
On June 10, Mustafa Osman Xaleel and Mustafa Aziz Miste from the PYD relations in Erbil and Jihad Hesen from the AANES office in Erbil were arrested by
the security forces.
“They were arrested by Asayish [security forces] in Erbil airport and were handed over to the Erbil General Asayish Directorate while they were waiting to receive guests,” Norshan Hussein, the head of the AANES office, said at a news conference.
“From that day on, no information has been known about them, neither had we made a call with them,” Hussein said. “We have reached at a level that we are dubious about their lives.”
“In a sensitive, dangerous and crucial phase our people are going through, such a practice hinders diplomatic and political struggles, as well as it falls in the framework of attempts to narrow the achievements of the Western Kurdistan's [Rojava] achievements,” she further said.
The AANES official called on the authorities in Erbil to release the detained three.
Erbil International Airport chief Ahmad Hoshyar told Zhyan News Network refuted Hussein’s statement that the three were arrested in the airport.
“We are unaware of such matters,” Hoshyar said.
The AANES, led by YPD, is a Kurdish-led government in northeastern Syria. Turkey sees the PYD and its military wing YPG of having ties to the Kurdistan Worker’s d Party (PKK).
The PKK has started an armed struggle against the Turkish authorities since 1984, calling for Kurds’ cultural rights in Turkey.
The relations between PKK and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), a largest component of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), are at a critical level amid an ongoing Turkey’s military operations in the Kurdistan Region’s border areas in Duhok governorate.
The ties came to a head after six KDP-affiliated Peshmerga members were killed and several wounded in two incidents. PKK has denied involvement in them.
The KDP enjoys cordial relations with Turkey.
Since April 23, Turkey has launched an air and land operation in Duhok’s northern border areas where the PKK fighters are based. More than four people have wounded and Turkey has erected several new military bases.
A foreign delegation was detained in
the Erbil airport upon their arrival in the past few days.