Firat News: Turkish army opens fire on YPG in Ceylanp?nar
Following the claim that there had been a clash with YPG forces on the border near Ceylanp?nar, the Turkish army has now begun to fire at YPG positions.
The YPG has not returned fire.
It is reported that Turkish troops began firing at YPG positions to the east of the village of Elok near the town of Serêkaniyê in West Kurdistan from the village of Alt?n in the district of Ceylanp?nar in Urfa province at around 7 this morning. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Tuesday 22/07/2014, approximately 163 people killed in Syria.
the dead : 52 civilians ( 24 women and children ), 25 rebels, 23 Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 21 NDF, 27 Regular forces, 14 unknown rebels, 3 Hezbollah. Read more
Kobane: The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) Commander Sipan Hemo marked the second anniversary of the Rojava Revolution by pledging victory to his people, saying “our promise to our people is victory…thanks to our martyrs we are making history”. A statement by the YPG General Commander Sipan Hemo released to mark the anniversary of the Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) Revolution. In the statement Hemo draws attention to the important changes in the Middle East and says that Kurds resisting in Kobanê will emerge victorious. Hemo also noted that this anniversary was particularly meaningful in light of the intensity of the vicious attacks currently being carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in Kobanê. On this subject Hemo said “we the YPG, the people of Rojava and all the people of Kurdistan will certainly celebrate these revolutionary days full of happiness, beauty and freedom with great enthusiasm and in high spirits.” Hemo, recalling that the Rojava Revolution was resisting against the sustained attacks of international and regional powers, said “although these attacks did not just begin we are entering history with the resistance we have shown over the past 14 days.”..diclehaber.com Read more
Where does ISIS get it’s weapons …
Kurdistan Tribune: Doctors Confirm ISIS Use of Chemical Weapon in Kobanê (Graphic Photos), written on July 15, 2014 by Editor
KT Special Report from Rojava:
Local doctors and officials have confirmed that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) used some sorts of chemical weapon that instantly killed Kurdish fighters during clashes in Kobanê of Rojava northeast Syria. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Saturday 19/07/2014, approximately 205 people killed in Syria. The dead : 31 civilians, 49 rebels, 29 Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 23 NDF, 39 Regular forces, 12 unknown rebels, 3 ISIS, 1 Hezboolah .
By province : Aleppo ( 6 Rebels, 8 civilians ), Reef Dimashq ( 8 Rebels, 12 civilians ), Dar’a ( 3 civilians, ),Hasakah ( 1 civilian ) , Hama ( 3 civilians, 4 rebels ), Quneitra ( 1 rebel ), Damascus ( 1 civilian, 5 rebels ), Idlib ( 3 rebels ), Read more
The Islamic State took control over the villages of Al Shmeteyyi, Ayyash, Hwayej Shameyyi, Al Khreta, Al Zger Shameyyi, Al Masrab, Al Ennaba and Al Tref located in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor which are inhabited people from Al Bosarya tribe. The activists of the Syrian Observatory assured that the control occurred when the Islamic battalions and Al Nusra Front delivered their weapons and stopped fighting IS, while other fighters refused to deliver their weapons and retreated to Aleppo Province. Thus, IS took control over Deir Ezzor Province completely except the regime- held areas which are part of Al Sena’a neighborhood, the neighborhood of Hawabesh, parts of the two neighborhoods of Al Rasafa and Al Ommal in the western part of Deir Ezzor city, as well as the neighborhoods of Al Qosur, Al Bgheleyyi, Al Deir Al Atiq, parts from the neighborhoods of Al Hweqa, Al Rashideyyi, Al Mowazzafin and Al Jbele in the western part of Deir Ezzor city, in addition the military airport of Deir Ezzor, the 137 Brigade and two villages near the airport. Read more
By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press:
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s Kurds imposed compulsory military service for their men to ward off a push by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Syria, Kurdish officials said Thursday.
The move reflects fears among Syrian Kurds that the ongoing offensive by the Islamic State group in their region may potentially reverse gains made by their ethnic minority in the past three years.
The Kurds — a long ostracized community in Syria — have made unprecedented gains amid the three-year-old civil war, carving out a semi-autonomous territory in the north as overstretched government troops abandoned the region to focus on defending Damascus, President Bashar Assad’s seat of power. Read more
Last night, as fighting continues on three fronts, there was an intense battle in the village of Beyadiyê in the west of the canton, in which YPG forces carried out an attack on ISIS positions, killing many gang members, including an amir (leader). A tank was also put out of action.
ISIS bombarded the villages of Dugirman and Talik in the west of the region and Cirin, Al Huriyê and Kupirlik in the east.
Clashes broke out with YPG forces following the bombardment.
ISIS is also reported to be concentrating its forces in the south of the canton in preparation for a new onslaught. Read more
According to a Human Rights Watch report, ISIS abducted 153 children between the ages of 13 and 14 from the mostly Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab on May 29. The children were returning home from taking their year-end exams in the city of Aleppo when they were abducted.
The Kurds in Syria have been under fierce assault from ISIS since 2 July but very little of what has been unfolding has been reported in the mainstream media and few if any comments have been made by British, European or American political leaders. As the casualties start to mount, it is time that the world took note before a new tragedy in the Middle East emerges. Read more
Firat News: People flooding to Rojava border from North
Following a call by people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan to mobilise against ISIS attacks, Kurds from North Kurdistan are flooding to the border with Rojava.
Hundreds of people have left in convoys of vehicles from the cities of Amed, Batman and Van heading for Suruç, while preparations are being made for a tent protest at the border in Cizre.
Hundreds of people have left the districts of Lice, Hani, Kulp, Hazro and Kocaköy in Amed province to demonstrate their support for the resistance in Kobanê.
Musicians and singers also on the way Read more