mercredi 3 juin 2015

Syrie : le PYD-YPG a chassé des milliers de civils arabes en incendiant leurs maisons

West's closest allies in struggle against Islamic State TORCH thousands of Arab homes
THE WEST's closest allies in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) have forced thousands of Arab civilians from their Syrian villages by torching their homes.

By Alix Culbertson
PUBLISHED: 17:21, Mon, Jun 1, 2015 | UPDATED: 18:06, Mon, Jun 1, 2015

Neighbours who have lived next to each other for decades are turning on each other as the Kurdish People's Protection Units (otherwise known as YPG), have forced more than 10,000 Sunni Arabs out of their villages.

A source from one of the largest humanitarian organisations working inside Syria said the targeted areas include settlements around Kobani
- the border town that has become the centre of Kurdish resistance after it successfully withheld an ISIS siege for four months last year.

Mohammed Salih al-Katee, who left his home town in December, told The Times: “The YPG burnt our village and looted our houses.

“I knew one of them — he is from one of the next villages. He was the one pouring diesel on the furniture of my house.”

Over the past three years ethnically-mixed northeastern Syria has changed hands between the Syrian regime, various al-Qaeda linked groups, the YPG, the Free Syrian Army and ISIS.

The latest attacks seem to be a revenge campaign aimed at local Sunni Arabs, as the Kurds and their allies accuse them of sympathising with ISIS and harbouring jihadist fighters.
The region - which houses Kurdish, Christian and Sunni Arab communities - lies in the middle of ISIS's two main stronghold cities of Raqqa, in Syria, and Mosul, in Iraq, so would be an integral strategic area for the militants.

Mr al-Katee added: “The YPG said to us: ‘We will shoot at your children, and you will die if you stay here’."

“I saw one of them writing on our wall: ‘YPG don’t forget, don’t forgive’.”

Father-of-six Mohammed Alawwad was forced out of his home in al-Razzaza last week after the YPG took hold of the village.

He said: “After ISIS retreated, the YPG told us to leave and threatened to shell the village, but we stayed.

“Four days later, cars full of armed YPG men came to the village.

“One of them came into my house carrying a tyre and threatened my family with a gun. We had no other choice but to leave. Just before we reached the dirt road I saw the fire coming out of my house.”

He said the Kurdish group also burned his crops, which he was preparing for harvest, and feels 'disabled' because he does not know where to go.


Sunni Muslims say Kurds are punishing them because they share the same religion as ISIS fighters, who take a more literal interpretation of Islam that is ideologically closer to Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia's dominant sect.

But most Sunnis in Syria despise the extreme version of Islam ISIS are enforcing - and are frequently accused by the jihadists of deserting their religion.

Law student Mohammed, 25, who only wanted his first name to be identified, fled his village of Aliya, close to the Kurdish-ISIS front line after the YPG started advancing and began burning villages nearby.


He told The Times: “They consider any area that was under Isis control to be a popular base of Isis, but in reality the people are civilians.


“Two of the elders from our village went to Ras al-Ayn and met with Hussein Kocher, the YPG commander there.

"They were told that all the young men in our village are wanted by the YPG for political reasons — even though there was only one man in Aliya who supported ISIS out of the 40 families who live there.”

Many of those who have fled the attacks are taking refuge in Syria's Hasakah province, which is mainly controlled by ISIS.

If they attempt to cross from Syria into Turkey they run the risk of being killed by Turkish forces, like ten refugees have since the border closed at the beginning of March.

YPG forces have had a crucial boost from the US-led international coalition in the form of hundreds of airstrikes on ISIS over the past few months.

However, on the ground, YPG are outmanned and outgunned by ISIS.
Source : http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/581497/West-closest-allies-Kurds-Islamic-State-torch-thousands-Arab-civilian-homes

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