KNC leader arrested after increasing tensions between rival Kurdish parties in Syria

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KNC leader Ibrahim Biro. File photo: ARA News

ARA News 

QAMISHLI – A prominent opposition politician and leader of the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) was arrested on Saturday evening by the Kurdish security police of the Self-Administration –led by the Democratic Union Party (PYD).

Ibrahim Birro, the head of the Kurdish National Council (KNC), the main rival of the PYD, was arrested on Saturday evening near the central market of Qamishli city in northeastern Syria.

After arresting him in central Qamishli, the Asayish forces took him to an unknown destination, the KNC-affiliated Yekiti media reported.

The KNC is the main rival of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and backed by Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). The PYD, on the other hand, is closer to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Both the KDP and PKK have significant influence over the Kurdish parties in Syria.

While the PYD has accused the KNC of working for foreign agendas and Turkey, the KNC has accused the PYD of working with the Syrian regime.

The KNC refused to join the self-administration set up by the PYD, and it’s members have been arrested before for organizing anti-PYD protests in northern Syria.

Dozens of members of the Kurdish Yekiti Party –Ibrahim Birro is head of– on Saturday organized a sit-in in front of the party’s building to condemn the arrest. 

Also on Saturday, a journalist from the pro-PKK news agency Roj, Wedat Hussein Ali, was killed by unknown gunmen in the KDP stronghold of Duhok in Iraqi Kurdistan. 

It’s unlikely that the tensions will soon be over between the Kurdish parties. Problems over the border between the Kurdish areas of Iraq and Syria also continue, and the PYD has accused the KDP [which leads Iraqi Kurdistan] of imposing an embargo on Syria’s Kurdish region [also known as Rojava] by closing its borders on behalf of Turkey.

Source: ARA News

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