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 Syrian Arab FSA rebels kill Kurdish woman militia leader: NGO

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Syrian Arab FSA rebels kill Kurdish woman militia leader: NGO   2.11.2012 

Female members of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) patrolling a street in the Kurdish city of Qamishli, Syrian Kurdistan (western Kurdistan). Photo: Flickr
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November 2, 2012

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

Democratic Union Party (PYD) (Yekneya Parastina Gel YPG) Aleppo Commander Nujn Drk aka (Şaha Aliabdo) has been executed by armed gang groups bound to Free Syrian Army FSA, Diha news agency reported.

"Shaha Ali Abdu (Şaha Aliabdo), also known as Nujeen Dirik (Nujn Drk), 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),www.ekurd.net said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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

Nujn Drk (Şaha Aliabdo), born in Drika Hemko in 1970.

The PYD opposes the regime of President Bashar al-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 specialises 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.

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