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Seven civilians killed as YPG/PKK raids Syrian village

Terror group pressuring civilians in Arab village in Raqqa to join ranks

Anadolu Agency

At least 7 civilians were killed when they resisted YPG/PKK terrorists on a youth recruitment drive in an Arab-dominated village in Raqqa, Syria, local sources said on Monday.

The incident occurred when the terror group raided al-Khatuniyyah village, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity fearing for their security.

The terrorists abducted many civilians, burnt several houses, and beat women and girls, the sources said.

The village has been restive after the terror group sent forces to the village last week in a bid to arm the youths and pressurize civilians.

On Friday, villagers attacked a building belonging to the terror group in the village and set ablaze three vehicles of the group.

Separately, the terrorist group destroyed some stores belonging to civilians in Suwaidan Jazira village in the northeastern Syrian city of Deir Ez-Zor, the sources also noted.

The terrorists also abducted scores of people when they held a demonstration to voice their reaction to their stores being destroyed.

According to Anadolu Agency, around 28 percent of Syrian territory was occupied by the YPG/PKK terror group.

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