Famed Syrian singer Omar Souleyman arrested in Turkey

Renowned Syrian singer Omar Souleyman has been arrested in Turkey for supposedly being a member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Turkish media reported right this moment. 

Souleyman was arrested within the southeastern Sanliurfa province, which is situated on the Syrian border. Turkish authorities sought to arrest him on suspicion of being a member of the PKK and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria. The proof is that he allegedly gave a speech in Germany a number of years in the past praising imprisoned PKK chief Abdullah Ocalan, Ihlas News Agency reported

The arrest was extensively reported in Turkish media right this moment. 

Souleyman is a well-known Arab singer from Tel Tamer in northeast Syria. He left his nation for Turkey after the beginning of the Syrian civil battle in 2011. Souleyman primarily sings in Arabic, however his Kurdish-language track “Warni Warni” is one among his greatest hits, and has greater than 94 million views on YouTube. Souleyman is just not overtly political, and plenty of of his songs deal with romantic themes

Turkey and the United States take into account the PKK a terrorist group. More than 5,000 individuals have been killed within the Turkey-PKK battle since a cease-fire broke down in 2015. Both Turkey and the PKK have been accused of attacking civilians. 

The Turkish authorities steadily arrests individuals on terror costs, accusing them of belonging to the PKK. The arrests have  focused members of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP). The opposition get together denies being a part of the PKK, and the arrests have been extensively condemned by human rights watchdogs. 

The PYD is the main Kurdish political pressure in northeast Syria, and leads the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. The PYD and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), share the ideology of the PKK, however deny direct hyperlinks. The YPG leads the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is the primary army pressure in northeast Syria. The United States helps the SDF within the battle in opposition to the Islamic State. 

The Turkish governmentregards the PYD because the Syrian department of the group. In 2019, Turkey invaded elements of SDF-controlled northeast Syria, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now threatening to take action once more. Turkish-backed Syrian insurgent forces additionally recurrently conflict with the SDF


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