Another 100 Kurds released in Syria

  • AFP
  • 16/05/2004 00:00:00

DAMASCUS, May 16 (AFP) - 16h14 - Syrian authorities have released another 100 Kurds who were arrested after deadly clashes in March, raising to 300 the number freed since Thursday, human rights activist and lawyer Anwar al-Bunni told AFP.

"On Saturday night, almost 100 Kurds were freed in (the northern towns of) Qamishli and Aleppo, on top of the 200 released on Thursday," he said.

Between March 12 and 17, Kurds clashed repeatedly with Syrian security forces and Arab tribes in the north of Syria. Kurdish sources said 40 people were killed, while Syrian officials put the death toll at 25.

At the end of March, the banned Kurdish Progressive Democratic Party chief Abdel Aziz Daud said more than 2,000 Kurds had been rounded up in a crackdown by the security services.

Syria’s Kurds, estimated to total 1.5 million, represent around nine percent of the country’s population and live mainly in the north.

  • AFP
  • 16/05/2004 00:00:00