Syria detains 1000 people suspected to be Kurdish PKK supporters…

Syrian security forces recently detained 1000 people in a period of one month in order to block the economic resources of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Sources from Syria indicated that security forces have been conducting simultaneous operations in various cities in the country and as a result were able to pinpoint people who are suspected to provide logistic support to PKK.

Syria officials said that the detained people will be put on trial for being a member of a terrorist organization, racketeering and attempting to divide Syrian land and establish a separate state.

Meanwhile, Syrian officials have been in contact with the European and other countries, which are home to 287 PKK members. Syria wants extradition of those people who are Syrian citizens.

According to Anatolia news agency, PKK leader Murat Karayılan threatened Syria with retaliation. “We see that Turkey and Syria act with a mutual concept against our organization. We will not remain silent,” Karayılan said, as quoted by Anatolia from the media sources of the PKK.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said recently that Turkey and Syria are in complete co-operation against the PKK. The two countries have also signed an agreement for the reciprocal extradition of the PKK members.

TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL

27 November 2010

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