Syria Rebels Kill Woman Kurd Militia Leader

إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية W460

Syrian rebels have killed a Kurdish woman militia leader in the northern city of Aleppo, highlighting growing tensions between anti-regime fighters and the Kurds, a monitoring group said Friday.

"Shaha Ali Abdu, also known as Nujeen Dirik, was killed early on Friday. She headed a Kurdish popular defense unit that is part of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)," Syria's branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"She was killed a week after she was captured by rebels," the Britain-based watchdog added.

The PYD opposes the regime of President Bashar Assad but has taken a neutral position in ongoing fighting in embattled Aleppo, the country's commercial hub.

Clashes between the rebels and Kurdish militia in Aleppo reportedly left 30 dead last week, sparking fears of a new front in the already fractured country.

According to the Observatory, 42-year-old Dirik was captured when she went to hand over to the rebels the bodies of opposition fighters killed in the fighting.

Dirik headed a militia unit charged with protecting the Ashrafiyeh and Sheikh Maqsud districts of Aleppo, said Rujhad Khalil, an Aleppo journalist who specializes in Kurdish affairs.

Kurdish fighters were "on a mission to deliver the bodies of opposition fighters, as well as rebels taken hostage, after clashes between Kurdish militia and anti-regime insurgents" when she was captured, Khalil said.

Comments 3
Default-user-icon Ben Dou (Guest) 03 November 2012, 00:51

What cowards and criminals fsa are, shame shame shame, you will all be over and done with soon, and it seems like if your lost the battle when committing such crimes, yalla run off to your caves in KSA:)

Thumb kanaandian 03 November 2012, 06:17

Big mistake by the mujahideen, if the Kurds going against them, rumors have it they will be in grave trouble.

Default-user-icon SImon (Guest) 03 November 2012, 16:44

Not a big mistake by the Syrian RESISTANCE cause they probably were not even involved, this smells like hezb & assad operation to reap trouble