Thursday 28 February 2013

Very early maps of Kurdistan

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Thursday 28/2/2013. Approximately 140 Syrians were killed yesterday: The dead include: 57 unarmed civilians, 29 rebel fighters, 3 unidentified men, 7 unidentified rebel fighters, 5 non-Syrian rebel fighters, 2 defected soldiers, and at least 32 regular soldiers.  Continue reading “Thursday 28 February 2013”

Wednesday 27 February 2013

Syrian army clashes with rebels around AleppoByRYAN LUCAS Associated Press

BEIRUT—Syrian warplanes carried out airstrikes on rebels trying to storm a police academy outside Aleppo on Wednesday, activists said, while jihadi fighters battled government troops along a key supply road leading to the southeastern part of the city, activists said.

The latest fighting came as the new U.S. secretary of state said Washington is looking for more concrete ways to help the rebels in their fight to oust President Bashar Assad.

Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and former commercial capital, became a key front in the country’s civil war after rebels launched an offensive there in July 2012. In months of bloody street fighting, opposition fighters have slowly expanded the turf under their control, although the combat has left much of the city in ruins.
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Tuesday 26 February 2013

We need more handshaking!
PYD Info: The predominately Kurdish district of Shex Meqsud in the city of Aleppo was attacked with heavy artillery fire in the early evening hours of Tuesday. The shells struck the Bîstan neighbourhood in Shex Meqsûd killing 5 civilians, injuring many more and causing severe damage to infrastructure and civilian buildings. The name of the victims in todays Shex Meqsud bombings are: Ehmed Yusif Betal, Ebdul Rehman Shexo, Mihemed Zîrek Dîbo, Hesam Ebilletîf Ereb and Zozan Letûf Nime. Furthermore a shell struck hit the district of Eshrefiyeh, causing damage to the Yusuf Sebawî School. Two children and a member of the Asayîsh forces were injured in the attack. The Kurdish districts of Aleppo – Shex Meqsud and Eshrefiyeh – have suffered several attacks in the last couple of months. Most notably is perhaps last month’s attack on Eshrefiyeh, which caused the deaths of 22 unarmed civilians. Continue reading “Tuesday 26 February 2013”

Monday 25 February 2013

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights:  Hasakah province: Rebels from the extremist al-Nusra Front have invaded and taken over town of Tel Hamis,in Reef al-Hasakah. The town and the surrounding areas are mostly inhabited by Syrian Kurds. The al-Nusra fighters spread northwards to the nearby villages of Tel Kojar and al-Thahira. Activists report that al-Nusra threatened to begin firing if the local residents of the area did not give up their weapons and dismantle the checkpoints they set up to protect their villages. Continue reading “Monday 25 February 2013”

Sunday 24 February 2013

We understand that aid is reaching the jihadist fighters in Sere Kaniye coming in from Turkey …

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Sunday 24/02/2013

More than 160 people were killed yesterday in Syria;

The dead include: 68 unarmed civilians (including 8 children), 37 rebel fighters, 8 unidentified, 1 defected lieutenant, 1 defected soldier, 1 defected police officer, 13 unidentified rebel fighters, and at least 27 regular soldiers.  Continue reading “Sunday 24 February 2013”

Saturday 23 February 2013

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Preliminary death toll for 23/2/2013: Approximately 80 Syrians killed so far today. The dead: 44 civilians (including 17 children, all in Aleppo), 7 rebels, 2 unidentified rebels, 23 regular soldiers, 2 defected soldiers

By province: Aleppo (2 rebels, 29 civilians*). Reef Dimashq (2 unidentified rebels, 1 rebel, 6 civilians). Damascus (5 men). Idlib (2 rebels, 3 civilians). Der’a (1 rebel, 1 civilian). Hama (1 rebel).

1 defected soldier was killed from wounds caused by clashes in Reef Der’a several days ago. Continue reading “Saturday 23 February 2013”

Öcalan: This visit is a historic step

Firat News: Öcalan: This visit is a historic step ISTANBUL 23.02.2013

Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputies Sirri Süreyya Önder, Pervin Buldan and Altan Tan have returned from Imrali Island where they have visited the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan on Saturday.

Making a short statement after the visit, BDP group deputy chair Pervin Buldan quoted the Kurdish leader saying the followings; “This visit is a historic step and all sides must act carefully and sensitively in this ongoing process. The state has PKK prisoners, so does the PKK have civilian prisoners. PKK should treat the prisoners well and I hope they will come together with their families soon”.

Buldan said that BDP co-chairs will make a detailed statement on the visit in the following days.

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Friday 22 February 2013

Qamishlo Friday demonstration: Kurdish language is our red line.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: al-Hasaka province: Bombardment is still ongoing by regular forces since yesterday on the Tal Hmeis town and its neighbouring villages, after jihadists from al-Nusra front and other battalions tried to control the town and its surroundings, several civilians fled the area. Several mortar shells fell on the Kurdish villages of Manjiriniyat A’mri, Shora, and Tal Ghazal. Losses were only material.

Preliminary death toll for 22/2/2013: More than 100 people killed so far today in Syria. Continue reading “Friday 22 February 2013”

Facebook is censoring Kurdish posts

Sign the Avaaz petition: The Kurdish nation is the largest nation in the world deprived of its land. Kurdistan is occupied by Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq mainly. Only South Kurdistan enjoys relative freedom and it is an autonomous region within Iraq. Despite a prolonged struggle for self-determination in the Turkish occupied Kurdistan and the ostensible freedoms allowed by the current neo-Ottoman regime Kurds are deprived of their most basic rights. Continue reading “Facebook is censoring Kurdish posts”

Thursday 21 February 2013

PYD Info: ANF newsagency reports that 4 trucks filled with supplies has been sent from Qoser (Kiziltepe) in Northern Kurdistan to Qamislo. 1 truck and 1 mini-van with supplies has been sent from Nisêbîn to Qamislo. Turkeys 2-year long embargo against Western Kurdistan was officially broken this year on the 8th of February thanks to the efforts of the BDP (the Peace- and democracy party) in Northern Kurdistan. So far 210kg of supplies has arrived to Western Kurdistan from Northern Kurdistan. According to ANF the relief aid will continue to the 4th of March this year. Continue reading “Thursday 21 February 2013”