Syrian opposition accuses Kurdish PYD fighters of instigating a ‘witch hunt’
Syrian refugees stay in their makeshift shelter near the Turkish border post of Akcakale, province of Sanliurfa, on June 17, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
Syrian opposition fighters are being forced to leave their homes in Tal Abyad by the Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), an opposition commander said Wednesday.
According to land commander Abu Mustafa, many opposition fighters supported the PYD against Daesh over the past weeks, but now PYD has started a "witch-hunt" against them.
Abu Mustafa said that after capturing Tal Abyad, PYD fighters have displaced Syrian opposition fighters from their land.
Fighting between Kurdish forces and Daesh rebels around the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, which borders Turkey, has fueled a new wave of desperate civilians trying to escape.
According to Turkish officials, a total of 20,997 Syrian refugees fleeing clashes in Syria’s town of Tal Abyad have entered Turkey’s Sanliurfa province through the Akcakale border crossing in the past two weeks.