Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Syria

Widespread demonstration in Afrin to protest Turkish artillery shelling

By Rudaw 5/7/2017
The demonstration is reportedly organized by the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Rojava or northern Syria. Photos by ANF
The demonstration is reportedly organized by the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Rojava or northern Syria. Photos by ANF
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – In protest against recent artillery shells by Turkey and its allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) which resulted in casualties among civilians on the city of Afrin in Rojava or northwestern Syria, thousands of people marched into the streets, condemning Turkish troops’ deployment and shelling in the region.
 
The widespread demonstration is reportedly organized by the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) with people from other cities including Kobane taking part in it.

 


 
Kurdish groups reported on Tuesday several civilian causalities in Afrin and its outskirts following overnight shelling by the Turkish military and its FSA proxies.

A large scale Turkish-FSA operation in the works was reported yesterday, and Turkey deployed further troops to its nearby border last week.

 


 
The Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units in Syria (YPG) reported yesterday artillery attacks “by Turkish troops and gangs under their command targeted Mirenar, Fîlat, Qetma, Qestelcindo villages in Shera and Cilber and Îska villages in Sherawa region of Efrin.”
 
The YPG announced a 40-year-old woman had been killed, along with two 13 year olds.

 


 
Additionally four people were said to be hospitalized. Monday, People's Protection Units (YPG) announced the deaths of three people and seven others injured in the Shehba region on the outskirts of Afrin.
 

The Kurdish canton of Afrin has been “shelled repeatedly” by Turkish forces and rebel groups backed by Turkey, the conflict monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported last week.

If Turkey attacks Afrin, “Turkey will be plunged into a swamp, politically and militarily – there will be an historical resistance against Turkish occupation in Afrin and Shahba regions,” Mehmud Berxwedan, commander of Kurdish YPG forces in Afrin, told Voice of America’s Kurdish radio service last week.

 


 
But an FSA leader claimed that their operations in the region were not aimed at taking control of Afrin, but rather to clean the Turkish border of YPG.
 
"At the first stage, we plan to take control the city of Tall Rifaat, as well as the local airbase, and then we plan to begin with the siege of Afrin, which is under the control of Kurdish YPG forces. Our goal is not to enter the territory of Afrin, but rather to clear the territories located near the Turkish border from YPG," a Syrian FSA commander speaking on the condition of anonymity was quoted by the Russian Sputnik News as saying.

 




Comments

 
BismarkPA | 11/7/2017
Turkey's President Erdogan supports terrorists,discriminates and steals from the Kurds and Christians in Turkey. Murders Kurdish women and children in Syria, and Iraq and claims he is for democracy. What a load of shit I wish Turkey would be thrown out of NATO. Every westerner reading this should pressure their government to boot Turkey out of NATO. When Greater Kurdistan becomes a nation they can replace Turkey if they choose too.

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Pakistani | 2/16/2019 3:28:42 AM
Turkey is a terrorist state , has been killing innocent Kurds for ages ....
parasitePKK | 2/17/2019 3:54:11 AM
As long as the PKK is there Turkey has the right to defend themselves. PKK is a parasite against the Kurds.
Kurdish villagers driven off their mountainsides by Turkish airstrikes
| yesterday at 11:12 | (2)
josfe | 2/14/2019 4:59:43 AM
And this man is a graduate with masters ? A college kid would be more objektive and wouldnt let his own opinion shine through.
David | 2/17/2019 1:36:54 AM
Solid analysis and proposal!
Rojava and Turkey: A classic case in colonialism
| 13/2/2019 | (5)
guest2002 | 2/15/2019 8:20:41 PM
The attack was on armed forces . Since when that is called terrorism??? Mollas ruling Iran have terrified Iranians for 40 years now. They kill...
Erbilguy | 2/17/2019 1:17:06 AM
@guest2002 So Isis beheading peshmergas was not terrorism?
United Nations encourages states to help Iran after terror attack killed 27
| 15/2/2019 | (8)
Dutchman | 2/16/2019 11:33:33 PM
Macron is right. When Putin talks about an "inter-Syrian political dialogue" he means that Assad and his Alawit minority regime stays in power with...
Macron, Putin weigh ‘deteriorated’ situation in Syria
| 13 hours ago | (1)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Trump requests countries to repatriate foreign ISIS suspects from Syria 1 hour ago |

Trump requests countries to repatriate foreign ISIS suspects from Syria

"The United States is asking Britain, France, more
Could Brexit pull Britain to the political center? 4 hours ago |

Could Brexit pull Britain to the political center?

Marx famously said that history repeats itself, more
0.563 seconds