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fredag 18 juli 2014

Syrian Kurdistan News in brief

Syrian Kurdistan News in brief .

Qmişlo (Qamishli), Amude, Afrin, Derik - Hesekê (Hassaka) — Western Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) aka Rojava (West)

50 tones of aid collected for Syrian Kurdistan in 24 hours

Siirt, Turkey: On the first day of an aid campaign launched for Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) in the city of Siirt in Turkish Kurdistan, 50 tones of basic necessities were collected. The aid campaign for Syrian Kurdistan , which has been organised by the Siirt municipality with the slogan 'Rojava is the honour of the people, protect your own honour', was welcomed warmly by the people of Siirt. They donated 50 tones of aid, consisting of staple food products and basic necessities such as wheat, sugar, rice, oil, lentils, butterbeans, infant formulas and nappies in the first 24 hours of the campaign. People are bringing donations to tents set up in Sancaklar Primary school in Güreş street, the service building of Siirt Municipality and the Orhan Doğan city park in the Barış (peace) neighbourhood and is then being transferred to a municipal collection centre by vehicles. The commission set up for the campaign has visited villages and called on people to support the campaign. The aid will be sent to the aid centre in the Suruç district of Urfa on 25 July.


Kobanê mothers establish battalion

Kobane: Kurdish mothers in Kobanê, Syrian Kurdistan, are joining in the popular effort to defend the canton from an ongoing assault by the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), according to a report from DİHA carried in Özgür Gündem. The mothers, organized under the leadership of Yekitiya Star, gathered at a local armory from where a brief ceremony was performed marking their entrance into the ranks of the YPJ. The women will serve at checkpoints around Kobanê where they will work to provide security for the city center. The people of Kobanê are in a state of total mobilization in their efforts to resist ISIS encroachment into the canton, with hundreds of new recruits taking to the front to protect their villages and homes. One mother of five named Besê told DİHA that Kobanê was passing through a critical moment. Besê said that they were fighting as Kurdish mothers and would not allow ISIS gangs to operate their lands. Besê affirmed that ISIS would not be able to take Kobanê, saying “we have taken up arms as women. We will support our YPG and YPJ fighters.” Vowing to fight to her last drop of blood, she said “We will not leave our land, we will not allow our land to be occupied.” |

Turkey's IHD branches visit Syrian Kurdistan border

Urfa: Branches of the Human Rights Association (IHD) in Turkish Kurdistan, first and foremost the Amed (Diyarbakir) branch, have visited the tent protest at the Rojava border between the districts of Suruç and Akçakale in Urfa province. The protest tent has been set up to condemn the attacks by ISIS on Kobanê. The IHD group issued a press statement at the tent protest, calling on the international community, including Turkey, to halt its support for the death squads carrying out crimes against humanity in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), and to lift the embargo. Before reading the press statement, IHD Vice President Osman Süzen pledged their support to those engaged in the tent vigil, saying: “We will always support you.” The chair of the Amed branch of the IHD, Raci Bilici, read out the press statement on behalf of 13 branches of the IHD in North (Turkey) Kurdistan and 3 representative offices.

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