Sunday 21 April 2014

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Men inspect a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad in Dahra AwadDemocratic Union Party (PYD) -West Kurdistan
Weekly Summary of Latest Events in Syria and Western Kurdistan
- People’s Protection Units
- EU Parliament and the Self-rule Administration
- Trenches between South and West Kurdistan is a brotherhood separation decision
-Turkish border soldiers are killing and torturing young men from Rojava
- Educational and Cultural Activities.

People’s Protection Units
Kobani – Two ISIS fighters were killed in clashes between YPG and ISIS groups nearby Xerab-ato in the west of Kobani canton. On other hand, some groups affiliated to ISIS attacked the hill between Jib-faraj and Alshiux region but they were blocked by YPG. In the east side of Kobani, ISIS shelled the Kurdish villages ‘’ Qazali, Birketik and Finta’’. YPG has killed one of ISIS fighters in Susek village.

EU Parliament and the Self-rule Administration
EU parliament has discussed a proposal to condemn the attacks against Christians and Armenians in Kassab and they have endorsed the proposal. They have discussed indirectly the Self-rule administration in Rojava as well among the Syrian crisis to endorse it.

Trenches between South and West Kurdistan is a brotherhood separation decision
Derek- Mrs. Elizabeth Gawria ( The deputy of the executive council head of Aljazira canton) ,while she was with the protestors on the border, has declared via a massage to South Kurdistan territory government to stop trenches excavation process because it is like a brotherhood separation decision and cutting off all relation with Rojava!
She added: Due to the continuous attacks of terrorists against Rojava, we were assuming the relation with South Kurdistan territory as a single path for people between Rojava and and South Kurdistan. She called all south Kurdistan people to stop the trench and to be a support for Rojava people.

Turkish border soldiers are killing and torturing young men from Rojava
Efrin – It was witnessed it past days that the Turkish soldiers on the boarder are killing the people who trying to pass the border to ensure their daily needs from Turkish side.
- One guy from Arab-wiran village was shot and killed.
- One guy was arrested from Iki-Dam village and tortured.
- Group of guys were shouted by Turkish soldiers randomly caused one killed.

Firat News: Syria’s presidential elections on 3 June

Syria will hold presidential elections that are expected to return President Bashar Assad to office on June 3, the country’s parliamentary speaker said on Monday.

Syria’s first presidential election — after constitutional amendments did away with the old referendum system — will be held amid a devastating civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people, with rebels holding large swathes of territory.

Voting for Syrians living outside the country will take place on May 28, he added, saying candidates for the presidency could register to run from Tuesday until May 1.

Assad, whose term ends on July 17, is widely expected to run and win another seven-year term in office despite the conflict.

New election rules require candidates to have lived in Syria for the last decade, effectively preventing key opposition figures in exile from standing for office.

Syrian Observatory for Human RightsAleppo province: 63 civilians were killed yesterday, including:: 6 fighters from rebel and Islamic battalions killed by clashes against regime forces in Aleppo, 57 civilians they are :

29 civilians ( including 7 children and 2 women ) were killed by aerial bombardment on al-Ferdous neighborhood, ( a woman, 3 children, 6 men, and 4 unknown men ) killed by barrels bombardment on B’eden neighborhood, in addition to 3 children and a woman were killed by barrels bombardment on areas in Tal-Jabin village, and 3 men killed by aerial bombardment on al-Atarib town, 1 man was shot by unknown gunmen in Aleppo, 1 man killed by regime’s bombardment on Salah Al-Den neighborhood, a woman died by wounds sustained earlier by regime’s bombardment on al-Zerba village, and a man died by wounds sustained earlier by barrels bombardment on Aleppo city.

Warplanes bombarded after yesterday’s midnight areas in Hanano housing, al-Sha’ar, near Qadi Askar yard, amid heavy machine-gun fire by regime warplanes on areas in al-Sha’ar, B’eden, al-Jandoul turning, and Ein al-Tal housing.
Warplanes bombarded areas in al-Layramoun this morning, what injured many civilians.

Helicopters dropped 2 barrel bombs on areas in Kafar Hamra village, and 3 barrel bombs on Hanano housing this morning, reports that 1 child was injured and fire in a hospital in the neighborhood, Helicopters also dropped explosive barrels on al-Sakhor neighborhood, reports that no less than 3 civilians were killed while others were injured, many barrel bombs fell on al-Mansoura village in Aleppo countryside, and areas in Hreitan and Bianon, reports that 2 civilians were killed and injuries in al-Mansoura.
areas in Haian town were exposed to bombardment by regime forces, reports that 2 civilians were injured.
a man killed by aerial bombardment on Ein al-Tal.
warplanes opened heavy machine-gun fire near the air forces intelligence building.
a military commander in Islamic battalion, killed by clashes, which continue between regime forces backed by NDF, against Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic battalions in al-Ramousa area.

UN cautions Syria against holding presidential election amidst ongoing ‘tragedy’

Urging Syrian authorities to reconsider plans to conduct a presidential election in early June, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Joint UN-League of Arab States Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi today pledged to continue to seek and build on any opportunity to resolve the country’s three-year civil war.

Addressing reporters in New York, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said holding elections in the current circumstances “will damage the political process and hamper the prospects for political solution that the country so urgently needs.”

“Such elections are incompatible with the letter and spirit of the Geneva Communiqué,” he added in reference to the action plan adopted 2012 during the first international conference on the conflict, calling for a transitional government to lead to free and fair elections.

Earlier this year, Mr. Brahimi mediated two rounds of talks between the Syrian Government and the main opposition group aimed at finding a political solution to the crisis based on the goals of the Communiqué, but the both sides stuck to their positions and the discussions yielded only modest cooperation on a humanitarian issue related to aid access in the long-besieged Old City of Homs.

President Bashar al-Assad’s Government announced that it would hold the poll on 3 June despite three years of fighting between his office and various opposition groups. According to media reports, the Constitutional Court will start accepting nominations for president as early as tomorrow.

Well over 100,000 people have been killed and an estimated 9 million others driven from their homes. In addition, there are currently more than 2.4 million refugees registered in the region: some 932,000 in Lebanon; 574,000 in Jordan; some 613,000 in Turkey; 223,000 in Iraq; and about 134,000 in Egypt, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Mr. Dujarric said that despite the UN’s criticism, Mr. Ban and Mr. Brahimi will “continue to search and build upon any opening for a solution to the tragedy in Syria”.

Reuters: Syria calls presidential vote, defying Assad’s opponents

BEIRUT – Syria announced on Monday a presidential election for June 3, preparing the ground for Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power, days after he said the civil war was turning in his favor.

Western and Gulf Arab countries that back Assad’s opponents have called plans for an election a “parody of democracy” and said it would wreck efforts to negotiate a peace settlement.

U.N.-backed talks in Geneva collapsed in February with both sides far from agreement – not least over the question of whether Assad should go.

Monzer Akbik, of the Western-backed National Coalition opposition group, told Reuters the election was a sign Assad was unwilling to seek a political solution to the conflict.

“This is a state of separation from reality, a state of denial. He didn’t have any legitimacy before this theatrical election and he will not after,” Akbik said.

“We do not know what actor he is putting up as an opponent but we are not taking this seriously.”

Infighting has fragmented the anti-Assad forces, and several major opposition figures did not attend the Geneva talks.

The European Union reiterated its stance against holding an election now. It said such a vote “conducted in the midst of conflict, only in regime-controlled areas and with millions of Syrians displaced from their homes would be a parody of democracy, have no credibility whatsoever, and undermine efforts to reach a political solution.”

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “Such elections are incompatible with the letter and spirit of the Geneva communique,” referring to a June 2012 agreement on seeking a political transition in Syria.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: “The Syrian regime under the Assads has never held a credible, free and fair election and has taken legal and administrative steps to ensure that this vote will not be fair.

“Calling for a de facto referendum rings especially hollow now as the regime continues to massacre the very electorate it purports to represent,” she added.

The three-year-old rebellion against Assad has killed more than 150,000 people, forced millions to flee their homes and caused the government to lose control over swathes of territory.


On Monday, 11 government and loyalist fighters were killed near Talbisah, an Alawite town north of the central city of Homs, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-Assad group based in Britain.

Alawites are followers of an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam. Assad is Alawite and the bulk of his opponents are Sunni Muslims, who form the majority of Syria’s population.

On Sunday, dozens of people were killed in air strikes in the northern city of Aleppo, the Observatory said, including 14 people in the Baeedeen neighborhood killed by “barrel bombs” – highly destructive improvised explosives dropped by helicopter, a tactic that Western countries have condemned as a war crime.

Gun battles, shelling and air strikes continue daily and the weekly death toll from the conflict regularly exceeds 1,000. The Observatory put Sunday’s death toll at 273.

The U.S. State Department said on Monday it had indications a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in the Syrian town of Kfar Zeita this month.

We are examining allegations that the government was responsible,” Psaki told a regular news briefing. “Obviously there needs to be an investigation of what’s happened here.”

Syrian opposition activists reported that helicopters dropped chlorine gas on Kfar Zeita on April 11 and 12.

In Damascus, which has been spared the worst of the fighting, two people were killed by mortars fired by “terrorists”, state news agency SANA said.

Although Assad has not said explicitly he will run for office again, preparations for his candidacy have already begun in state-controlled parts of the capital.

Announcing the election on state television, parliamentary Speaker Mohamed Jihad al-Laham said requests for nomination would be accepted until May 1. Syrians outside the country would be able to vote at Syrian embassies on May 28, he said.

Parliament set residency rules for presidential candidates in March, a move that would bar many of Assad’s foes who live in exile.

Assad said last week the conflict had reached a “turning point” because of military gains against the rebels.

(Additional reporting by Dasha Afanasieva in Istanbul, Adrian Croft in Brussels, Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols at the United Nations, and David Brunnstrom andDoina Chiacu in Washington, Editing by Robin Pomeroy, Peter Cooney and David Gregorio)

Men inspect a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad in Dahra AwadAir strikes kill dozens in Syria’s Aleppo: monitor group

Dozens of people have been killed in air strikes on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Monday, including at least 29 people in a single neighborhood.

Also on Monday, state news agency SANA said two people were killed when mortars struck central Damascus.

The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes killed 29 people on Sunday, including women and children, in the southern Al-Ferdous district of Aleppo, a city that was once Syria’s largest and a major commercial hub.

Another 14 people were killed in the Baeedeen neighborhood in “barrel bomb” attacks – strikes in which helicopters drop highly destructive improvised explosives – the group said. A further five died in barrel bomb attacks in the village of Tlajabin, it added.

Western powers have condemned the use of barrel bombs as a war crime, but they continue to fall nearly every day in Aleppo and other parts of Syria.

SANA said two people were killed in Damascus when mortars fired by “terrorists” – its term for rebel fighters – hit the Al-Salihiya neighborhood of the capital and a nearby area.

More than 150,000 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict, which started as a peaceful protest movement against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule in March 2011 and turned into civil war after a government crackdown.

(Reporting by Alexander Dziadosz; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)

Oppression against Kurds and Ahwazi Arabs in Iran

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hangungFirat News: Kurdish political prisoner executed by Iranian authorities

ANF - Kurdish political prisoner Simko Xur?idi has been executed in the prison of Kirma?an.

He had been arrested in 2010. Xur?idi is one of tens of prisoners awaiting executions in Iranian prisons. Read more

Sunday 20 April 2014

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2014 April 20Syrian Observatory for Human Rights:Final death toll for Sunday 20/04/2014, approximately 273 people killed in Syria.
The dead : 90 civilians ( 19 children, 6 women ), 57 rebels, 21 non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 29 NDF, 35 Regular forces, 14 ISIS, 13 unknown rebels, 1 Hezbollah, 13 non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces ( including fighters from Abo Al-Fadel Al-Abas brigade ).

By province : Aleppo ( 57 civilians, 12 Rebels ), Reef Dimashq ( 13 civilians, 14 rebels ), Dera’a ( 3 civilians ), , Lattakia ( 4 rebels ), Der-Ezzor ( 2 civilians, 4 rebels ), Idlib ( 3 rebels, 6 civilians ), Hama ( 1 civilian, 1 rebel ), Homs ( 3 civilians, 13 rebels ), Damascus ( 4 civilians). Read more

Saturday 19 April 2014

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FiratFirat News: Interview with Sipan Hemo – PART 2

We publish the second part of the interview Sipan Hemo, the commander of the YPG, has given to ANF Bahoz Deniz. The first part of the interview can be read here

-What happened to the attackers, where are they now?

These attacks which were carried out with the aim of strangling the Rojava revolution from four-sides has been entirely unsuccessful. The plan didn’t work. The attacks which began March 10th continued to increase every day. We experienced the most violent clashes we have witnessed in the course of the Rojava revolution March 18th and 19th right before Newroz in Arab villages in the Sirrin region. We fought here for 9 days without pause. The YPG put up an historical resistance. We lost 12 martyrs here but the ISIS had hundreds of loses.  We still have the their bodies. When the ISIS saw they would  not make any advances here they attacked on other fronts. They thought that the YPG had moved all its forces to the Southern Front but there was also great resistance shown on the other fronts. 9 of ours were martyred there but they also suffered hundreds of casualties and many of their weapons and bodies, as well as some prisoners in our possession. Read more

Friday 18 April 2014

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2014 April 18Firat News: Sipan Hemo: ISIS has been defeated in Kobanê – PART I 

In an interview with ANF, YPG (People’s Defense Units) General Commander Sipan Hemo stated that their forces have repulsed the attacks of the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) in Kobanê, underlining that this heavy defeat will lead ISIS to extinction.

Hemo remarked that YPG forces have defeated the ISIS as the people of Rojava are resisting against the ditches dug at the border.

-The most expansive and intense attacks have been launched against Kobanê within the process of the Rojava revolution. Why is Kobanê being attacked? Read more

Thursday 17 April 2014

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Children play on a street of damaged buildings in the besieged city of HomsSyrian Observatory for Human RightsFinal death toll for Thursday 17/04/2014, approximately 301 people killed in Syria.The dead : 53 civilians ( 11 children, 5 women ), 88 rebels, 28 non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 29 NDF, 62 Regular forces, 4 ISIS, 10 unknown rebels, 3 Hezbollah, 24 non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces ( including fighters from Abo Al-Fadel Al-Abas brigade ). Read more

Wednesday 16 April 2014

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A rebel fighter carries his weapon as he walks along a damaged street in the Mleha suburb of DamascusFirat News: PYD visits European Parliament

Representatives of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) are having talks prior to the session to take place at the European Parliament to handle “the situation of the people in Syria left without any defense” on Thursday.

PYD Party Assembly member and European representative Abdulselam Mustafa, accompanied by BDP’s (Peace and Democracy Party) EU and EC representatives, started talks with parliamentarians on Tuesday to provide information regarding the general situation and the position of Kurds in Rojava and Syria .

Abdulselam Mustafa and BDP’s representative for the European Council, Fay?k Ya??zay, primarily held talks with a number of  parliamentarians taking care of the Syria file at the European Parliament and concerned about the Kurdish people’s demand for freedom.

The Left Group of the European Parliament also invited the PYD and BDP representatives to their group meeting yesterday evening. Read more

Tuesday 15 April 2014

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A wreckage of a car is seen amid damage at a site in Kaheel villageSyrian Observatory for Human Rights:Final death toll for Tuesday 15/04/2014, approximately 329 people killed in Syria. The dead : 34 civilians ( 8 children, 6 women ), 107 rebels, 37 non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 34 NDF, 63 Regular forces, 20 ISIS, 7 unknown rebels, 1 Hezbollah, 18 non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces ( including fighters from Abo Al-Fadel Al-Abas brigade ). Read more

Monday 14 April 2014

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pydWeekly Summary of Latest Events in Western Kurdistan (Rojava)

  •  People’s Protection Units
  •  The National Kurdistani Conference KNK opens an office in Qamishlo
  •  Salih Muslem’s diplomatic tour in Sulimania
  •  A delegation from east Kurdistan in Rojava to support the revolution
  •  Trench between west and south Kurdistan
  •  Educational and Cultural Activities

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Sunday 13 April 2014

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2014 April 13Firat: Turkey also digging ditches on border

While opposition to the ditches being dug along the Rojava border by the South Kurdistan government continues, the Turkish authorities, too, have begun to excavate ditches on the Derik border and the Afrin border.

It is reported that the Turkish army has been digging ditches on the border near the village of Qemîtliq in the ?iye district of Afrin with machinery for two days. The ditch is now 3 kilometres long, 3 metres wide and 3 metres deep. Read more

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