Violent clashes are still taking place in several areas in the southern countryside of Aleppo between the rebel and Islamic Factions. Jund al-Aqsa, the Islamic Turkestan Party and Jabhat Al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Levant) against Hezbollah, the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them from Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, amid continued heavy shelling by the regime forces in addition to the airstrikes by warplanes believed to be Russian on the clashing areas and on other areas controlled by the factions in the same countryside, and information about more casualties in the ranks of both parties, while an electric technician was injured when an IED exploded near him in the village of Abtin in the southern countryside of Aleppo, which is controlled by the regime forces recently, while two people at least were killed and information about another one, and others were wounded -including children- when warplanes believed to be Russian bombed areas in the town of Huraytan in the northern countryside of Aleppo, while several shells fell on places in the area of Tal Ern near al-Sfirah town in the southern countryside of Aleppo, which caused injuries and information about the death of a child.
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Turkey most likely had a hand in killing Tahr Elci yesterday. How do we go from this to:
this in one day?
(Photo: AFP/Getty Images) Turkey, EU pledge cooperation with migrant crisis
Raf Casert and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press
BRUSSELS – European Union leaders and the Turkish prime minister sealed a joint summit with a commitment to re-energize Turkey’s long-stalled membership talks and bolster their common resolve to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis.
The 28 EU leaders were leaning hard on Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to stem the flow of migrants seeking a better future in Europe’s heartland and European Council President Donald Tusk said the latest estimate showed that “approximately 1.5 million people” had illegally entered the bloc this year, a lot coming through Turkey. Read more
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The funeral for prominent human rights defender began with a march from Ko?u Yolu Park to Yeniköy Cemetery. His family decided to lay him to rest in “Amed, capital of Kurdistan where he studied, struggled and lived with his family for years”.
“Em te ji bîr nakin” (We will not forget you) and “PKK is not a terror organisation” read the huge banner carried by the people on the front line of the cortege leading tens of thousands during the march to the cemetery. Read more
Comments Off on Saturday 28 November 2015
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: After 24 hours of “the warning”, the rebel and Islamist factions target al- Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood by dozens of shells, while the regime forces shell areas in Homs
Homs Province: The regime forces shelled places in the neighborhood of al- Wa’er in the city of Homs and the village of al- Za’faranah in the northern countryside of Homs leading to kill a citizen in al- Za’faranah, others wounded too.
2 fighters from the Islamist factions killed in clashes with the regime forces and allied militiamen in the southern countryside of Aleppo.
A child from the city of Palmyra killed in the aerial bombardment on the city of al- Raqqa.
Aleppo Province: The neighborhood of al- Sheikh Maqsoud in the city of Aleppo are witnessing intense shelling by the rebel ans Islamist factions after 24 hours of “the warning” of targeting the neighborhood which is controlled by YPG fighters, no information about casualties so far.
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KCK Executive Council Member Cemil Bayik has written about “consistency in the fight against ISIS” for his column on Yeni Özgür Politika and Azadiya Welat dailies.
The Kurdish article has been translated by ANF English service below.
“It has been seen once again that the Turkish state wants to protect ISIS and Al-Nusra. The Turkish state shot down the Russian plane not due to a violation of airspace, but to hinder Russian airstrikes against the Turkey-backed gang groups. By doing this, Turkey has not only encouraged the gangs to resist, but also intended to make NATO and Russia confront each other through a provocation, hinder a joint action by the U.S. and Russia for the building of a new Syria, and relieve the ISIS.
Comments Off on Wednesday 25 November 2015
Turkey has downed a Russian warplane on Syria border on the grounds of “violation of airspace”.
The jet, which turned out to be Russian according to initial reports confirmed by both Turkey and Russia, has been downed near a refugee camp in Yamadi village in the coastal province of Latakia on the Syrian side, which is located across Yaylada? district of southern Hatay province.
Reports say that TSK (Turkish Armed Forces) targeted the jet within the scope of rules of engagement.
The fate of the 2 pilots who parachuted out of the plane was not immediately clear. Unconfirmed reports say one of the pilots have been captured by Turkmen forces in the region.
In the meantime, Moscow has confirmed that the war plane downed on Syria border by Turkish F-16’s was Russian SU-24, but refuting Turkey’s claim that the jet violated Turkish airspace.
A video footage from the scene showed the plane crashing on a hill on fire.
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Turkey has all but closed its borders to Syrian asylum seekers and is summarily pushing back Syrians detected as they try to cross, Human Rights Watch said in a detailed report yesterday. Syrians described Turkish border guards intercepting them at or near the border, in some cases beating them, and pushing them and dozens of others back into Syria or detaining and then summarily expelling them along with hundreds of others. Read more
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Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: 122 killed yesterday 22/11/2015: The dead : 30 civilians, 8 rebels, 24 Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 25 Regular forces, 15 NDF, 1 IS, 16 unknown rebels, 3 non-Syrian militants allied to regime forces. Read more
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“The Turkish state should eventually accept the fact all the peoples of Syria and international powers consider YPG to be the major force fighting ISIS and terrorist forces”, said Rojava’s TEV-DEM Executive Committee member Ferhad Dêrik.
Rojava’s TEV-DEM (Movement For A Democratic Society) Executive Committee member Ferhad Dêrik stated that they have documents proving a cooperation between the Turkish state and ISIS gangs. Read more
Comments Off on Saturday 21 November 2015
YPG (People’s Defense Units) has reported ongoing attacks by ISIS gangs against villages near the Euphrates and by the Turkish army against Girê Spî and Kobanê.According to a written statement by YPG Press Office, a mortar attack launched by ISIS gangs from south Jarablus targeted the Boraz village to the southwest Kobanê at 12:30 on 19 November. Two civilians, including a child, lost their lives and one other was wounded as a result of the terrorist attack.According to the YPG statement; Read more