Firat News: Village liberated in Kobanê
People’s/Women’s Protection Units (YPG/YPJ) are continuing their operations launched in July against the attacks of ISIS (Islamic State) gangs in the Kobanê canton of Rojava, West Kurdistan.
On Wednesday afternoon, YPG/YPJ fighters liberated the northern side of the Caadê village, which is populated by Arabs and located in south Kobanê, following a joint offensive carried out together with Shêmsê Shimal Brigades and Suwar units.
A group of over 100 Yezidis who were able to reach the Turkey border after fleeing the attacks of ISIS gangs in South Kurdistan were hindered by Turkish soldiers as they attempted to cross the border near Roboski village in Uludere district of Shirnak.
Soldiers opened fire on the group at the border where Roboski massacre, in which 34 Kurdish civilians were bombed by Turkish warplanes, took place on 28 December 2011. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Wednesday 20v/08/2014, approximately 158 people killed in Syria. The dead : 24 civilians, 32 rebels, 22 Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 28 NDF, 32 Regular forces, 6 unknown rebels, 2 ISIS .
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Tuesday 19/08/2014, approximately 159 people killed in Syria. The dead : 27 civilians, 32 rebels, 27 Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 21 NDF, 28 Regular forces, 4 unknown rebels, 2 Hezbollah, 4 ISIS, 10 YPG .
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Al Hasaka Province: Loud explosions were heard yesterday night in the city of Al Hasaka. It is expected that the reason of these explosions is fall of shells on the southern outskirts of the city.
Information reported clashes between the IS fighters and YPG fighters on the southern outskirts of Al Hasaka city. Read more
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Firat News: Another massacre in Sinjar:
Gangs affiliated to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) are continuing to massacre civilians around the Yezidi town of Sinjar they occupied on 3 August.
Local sources speaking to ANF and a refugee who managed to flee the brutal violence said ISIS gangs committed massacre against the people of Kocho village which has been under the siege of jihadist gangs for the last several days.
According to the statements of eyewitnesses, around 200 families unable to flee the horrific acts of the ISIS gangs remained stranded in the Kocho village where among these men and elder were massacred while girls and women were forced into cars and taken somewhere else after radical Islamist gangs threatened the people “either to covert into Muslim or to die”.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes and lands after Sinjar was taken by ISIS on 3 August. Read more
Firat News: 4 people from Sinjar die in Rojava hospital
4 people from Sinjar, including a 4-month-old baby, who became ill after 7 days of hunger and thirst on Mount Sinjar, died today in a hospital in Derik, West Kurdistan (Rojava).
The four people were taken to the hospital in Derik (Malikiya) after spending a week on Mount Sinjar having fled from the barbarity of ISIS gangs.
One of them was a 4-month-old baby, the others a 60-year-old woman, and two men aged 55 and 56.
The son of 56-year-old Biro Eto from the village of Til Ezer in Sinjar, Sadiq Eto, said that his father passed away because his kidneys had dried up. Eto said: “I wish God to call those people who call themselves Islamists to account. Thank God, my father lost his life on the order of God, not in the hands of ISIS gangs. My father was thirsty during 7 days in the mountains. His kidneys dried up. He was also a cardiac patient. Then, we carried him for 4 days until we found a car. May the things that happened to us never happen to other people.” Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Thursday 14/08/2014, approximately 166 people killed in Syria. The dead : 53 civilians, 26 rebels, 20 Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 29 NDF, 22 Regular forces, 12 unknown rebels, 3 non-Syrian fighters allied to the regular forces .
By province : Aleppo ( 5 Rebels,5 civilians ), Reef Dimashq ( 11 Rebels, 9 civilians ), Dar’a ( 4 civilians ), Hama ( 4 civilians, 6 rebels ), Damascus ( 5 civilians ), Homs ( 16 civilians ), Der-Ezzor ( 1 civilians ), Idlib ( 4 civilians ), Lattakia ( 5 civilians ).. Read more
Firat News: YPG raid ISIS base in Hesekê
Fierce clashes between West Kurdistan’s YPG (People’s Defence Units) forces and ISIS gangs continue in Hesekê city which has been continuously targeted by attacks of jihadist groups aiming to take the city.
Wednesday morning, YPG fighters have launched a raid on an ISIS base in the Xiweran neighborhood where eight YPG fighters lost their life in clashes the day before.
It has been reported that dozens of gang members were killed in the YPG attack which came as a retaliation to yesterday’s attacks, although the exact number of casualties has not yet been clarified.
In the mean time it has been reported that ISIS gangs attempted to enter Hesekê’ from the village of El-Emir last night, but had to withdraw from the area as clashes broke out with YPG forces that had already taken measures before the conflict. Read more