Syrian opposition party says Kurd dies under torture in prison

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BEIRUT, Aug 3 (AFP) - 16h13 - A Kurd arrested in mid-July has died under torture in a Syrian prison, the country's banned opposition Kurdish party Yakiti said Tuesday.

"Ahmed Hussein Hussein, from Hasakah (on the border with Turkey), has been killed under torture by the military security services ... who pretended he died of a blood clot," said a statement signed by Fuad Aaliko, a party central committee member.

"His body was returned on Monday night to his family and the authorities refused to provide a medical report on what caused his death and put pressure (on the family) so he was buried quickly under tight security," it added.

The statement said Ahmed Hussein, a Syrian national who was accused of belonging to the recently-formed Democratic Union party of Turkish Kurd separatists, was arrested on July 17.

Syria's Kurdish parties, which cover 11 banned groups includin Yakiti, said last April that two other Kurds had died after being "tortured in a savage manner".

Hundreds of Kurds were arrested after clashes in mid-March between Kurds and Arab tribes and security forces in northern Syria. The Kurds said 40 people died in the clashes, while Syria put the death toll at 25.

Dozens of Kurds have since been freed in several waves, although the Kurdish parties says hundreds are still being held.

More than one million Kurds live in Syria, mainly in the north near the Turkish and Iranian frontiers.



Source: AFP










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