Monday 9 December 2014

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FiratTeleSER: Appeal to step up aid for Kobanê people in Suruç

The Rojava and Sinjar Central Coordination has for more than 2 months mobilised in Suruç for the people of Kobanê who were forced to leave their homes by ISIS attacks. The Central Coordination distributes the aid that comes from Europe, Turkey and all four parts of Kurdistan DBP Party Assembly and Local Authorities Commission member and Rojava and Sinjar Central Coordination member Hüseyin Yilmaz told our news agency about the needs of the people from Kobanê.

‘Basic things are needed’

Yilmaz said they were preparing to open a 6th tent city for 8 to 10 thousand people and that tents sent by Heyva Sor had been set up and the infrastructure of the tent city completed. Yilmaz added: “We try to meet the needs of the people from Kobanê from the central coordination. Blankets, stoves and clothing are priorities. We now have enough.” He said that stocks of rice, chickpeas, beans, oil, olives, cheese and baby food were low and urgently needed replenishing.

Yilmaz added that they had heard aid was being collected by various organisations, but that they wanted aid to be channelled through their coordination. He said: “We do not collect money, we concentrate on foodstuffs”. He added that those who wanted to make financial donations should send them to the bank account set up by the Amed Metropolitan Municipality, and not to other individuals or organisations.

‘Come to Suruç to see the plight of the people of Kobanê!’

Yilmaz said the struggle of the people of Kobanê was not just one for the Kurds, but was also a noble resistance on behalf of all the people of the world. He said that despite people being savagely slaughtered in Kobanê there had been a muted reaction. He added: “There is a noble struggle being waged in Kobanê for democracy and freedom. Kobanê is crucial both for the national unity of the Kurds and for the peaceful coexistence of different communities in the Middle East.”

Yilmaz called on everyone to come to the border to see Kobanê under fire and observe the plight of the people from Kobanê who are living in Suruç.

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Sunday 7 December 2014

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2014 Dec 7

Firat News: Fighting in Kobanê continues for the 83rd day: YPG (People’s Defense Units) has reported in a written statement that attack by ISIS gangs aiming to occupy the Kobanê town of West Kurdistan, Rojava, continued for the 83rd day.

According to the statement, YPG/YPJ fighters are gaining further advantage over the ISIS gangs across Kobanê every day.

Short time battle raged out between YPG/YPJ units and ISIS groups on the southern and eastern fronts last night, while the number of casualties on ISIS side couldn’t be made clear.

The statement said that YPG/YPJ fighters have carried out a series of offensives against the gang groups deployed in the village of Qadisiye Biçuk (Cididiye) to the south of Jazaa late Saturday. Two members of the gangs were killed and one other wounded in the attacks.

YPG/YPJ units targeted the ISIS groups in the same village in another offensive conducted last night, killing 2 gang members, wounding 4 others and destroying a vehicle of theirs.

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Saturday 6 December 2014

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Homs as winter arrives - NINO Fezza

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Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: 111 killed in 3 days of violent clashes between regime forces and ISIS in Der-Ezzor

Clashes between ISIS and regime forces backed by NDF during the past 3 days, led to death of 111 fighters from both sides,they were killed by clashes, bombardment, air strikes, and suicide vehicles, and they are as following :

51 fighters in regime forces and NDF, killed by clashes against ISIS around Der-Ezzor military airport, ISIS shelling on regime bastions around the airport, and 2 suicide vehicles in al-Masmaka and at the gate of the military airport.

60 ISIS ( 25 of them were Syrian ) were killed by regime air strikes, regime’s shelling and clashes in al-Jafra, al-Masmaka and around the military airport.

confirmed reports of more human losses in both sides.

The regime warplanes carry out 5 raids on the city of Deir Ezzor, while the regime forces arrest 5 people in al- Hasakah

SOHR was informed that the IS detonated a suicide car in the street of 48 in Ein al-Arab”Kobane” accompanied by clashes between ISIS and YPG in Botan Sharqi area around Mashta nour hill, clashes also took place between the two sides on many fronts in the city, ISIS fired 5 shells on area in the city, no reports of losses.



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Friday 5 December 2014

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2014 Dec 5 - firatFirat News: A day in YPJ emplacements

YPJ fighters who have been waging an epic resistance for 80 days in Kobanê have not just been defending a city, but are also demolishing the mentality of male dominance. “We are not just fighting here. We are organising a new way of life and war in these emplacements”, the YPJ fighters say.

We spent a day in the emplacements of YPJ fighters, who have gained a special place in the hearts of women everywhere with the leadership they have demonstrated in the resistance in Kobanê. Read more

Thursday 4 December 2014

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Syrian Observatory 2014Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Thursday 04/12/2014, approximately 144 people killed in Syria. The dead :  16 civilians, 14 rebels, 11 Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 23 NDF, 26 Regular forces, 7 unknown rebels, 34 ISIS, 3 non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces.

By province : Aleppo ( 3 rebels, 2 civilians ), Reef Dimashq ( 3 rebels, 5 civilians ), Idlib ( 2 rebels  ),  Hama ( 1 rebel ), al-Raqqa ( 1 civilian  ), Dar’a ( 5 rebels, 3 civilians ), Homs ( 3 civilians ), Der-Ezzor ( 1 civilian ), Hasakah ( 2 civilians ) .

— 18 ISIS killed by clashes against regime forces in al-Jafra village and 1 in al-Sena’a area, Der-Ezzor.

– 21 ISIS killed by coalition air strikes around Ein al-Arab “Kobane”.

– 4 fighters from ISIS  killed by clashes against YPG  in Ein al-Arab ” Kobane” .
– 7 Unknown rebels killed by clashes against regime forces, bombardment, and targeting their checkpoints .
– 23 National Defense Forces militiamen were killed by clashes and attacks on their checkpoints around Syria.
– 26 Regular forces were killed by clashes, snipers, IEDs, and attacks on their checkpoints and vehicles: Damascus and Reef Dimashq 4, Aleppo 6, Daraa 3, Hama 4, Der-Ezzor 9.
– 11 Non-Syrian fighters from ISIS, Jund Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra were killed by clashes and targeted bombardment.
– 3 Non-Syrian fighters allied to the regular forces, killed by clashes against Islamic battalions and Jabhat al-Nusra in Reef Dimashq and Aleppo.


Wednesday 3 December 2014

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2014 Dec 3Syrian Observatory for Human RightsFinal death toll for Wednesday 03/12/2014, approximately 129 people killed in Syria. The dead :  6 civilians, 18 rebels, 17 Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 21 NDF, 30 Regular forces, 6 unknown rebels, 24 ISIS, 1 YPG, 2 non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces

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Tuesday 2 December 2014

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2014 Dec 2Firat News: Those who have not left Kobanê

Every day the epic resistance in Kobanê against ISIS attacks is growing. The remaining civilian population of the city is also continuing to refuse to leave, despite the war and the onset of winter. YPG/YPJ fighters also see the needs and security of the civilians before their own. Read more

Monday 1 December 2014

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2014 Dec 1Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: More than 5000 killed in November 2014

SOHR documented the death of 4220 people, who were killed in November/2014, and they are as following :

869 civilians (152 children under the age of 18 and 103 women ) including 385 ( 65 children, 61 women ) killed by regime air strikes and 16 killed by coalition air strikes in addition to 14 were executed by the IS and 111 tortured to death in regime prisons

533 Syrian fighters from rebels and Islamic battalions and YPG, including 26 were executed by ISIS.

12 dissident soldiers, 10 of them were tortured to death in regime prisons.

1343 Non-Syrian fighters from the IS, Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Mohajrin wa al-Ansar army, and Jund al-Aqsa.

689 soldiers from regime forces.

612 NDF, peoples committees and regime spies.

13 Hezbollah.

49 Non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces, including Shiaa fighters.

80 unknown people.

We, in SOHR, believed that the real number of casualties on the fighting parties is more than our number with 900, because there is absolute secrecy on casualties and due to the difficulty of access to many areas and villages that have witnessed violent clashes and bombardment by all sides.

Guardian: 1.7m Syrian refugees face food crisis as UN funds dry up

1 Dec 2014: World Food Programme forced to suspend food voucher scheme to refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt

More than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt are facing a disastrous and hungry winter after a funding crisis forced the UN’s World Food Programme to suspend food vouchers to hundreds of thousands forced into exile by the conflict.

Since the war began in March 2011, the WFP has brought food to millions of Syrians inside the country, and has used the voucher programme – which allows refugees to buy food in local shops – to inject about $800m (£500m) into the economies of those countries hosting them.

But after finding itself unable to secure the $64m it needs to support Syrian refugees in December, the WFP announced on Monday that it was halting the scheme. Severe funding shortfalls have already led the UN body to reduce rations within Syria, where it is trying to help 4.25 million people.

Its executive director, Ertharin Cousin, issued a blunt and urgent appeal to donors, asking them to honour their commitments and warning that the suspension would have a devastating effect on the lives of more than 1.7 million people.

She said: “[It] will endanger the health and safety of these refugees and will potentially cause further tensions, instability and insecurity in the neighbouring host countries. The suspension of WFP food assistance will be disastrous for many already suffering families.”

She added that Syrian refugees in camps and informal settlements throughout the region were ill-prepared for another difficult winter, especially in Lebanon and Jordan where tents are drenched in mud, hygiene conditions are poor and many children lack shoes and warm clothes.

Muhannad Hadi, WFP regional emergency coordinator for the Syria crisis, said the consequences for both Syrian refugees and host nations could be devastating.

“We are very concerned about the negative impact these cuts will have on the refugees as well as the countries which host them,” he said. “These countries have shouldered a heavy burden throughout this crisis.”

Greg Barrow, spokesman for the WFP’s London office, said the precise effects of the suspension would be hard to gauge because refugees’ circumstances varied from country to country.

As many of the refugees were living outside camps, he said, there would be opportunities for them to look for informal work that would enable them to earn money for food. Others, in big camps such as Zaatari and Azraq in Jordan, are still receiving rations.

He added: “Often members of local communities and, in some cases, local authorities, provide some assistance – but the WFP is by far and away the biggest provider of food assistance and there are no other organisations that have the scale and reach to cover the food needs of the more than 1.7 million who have been affected by this suspension.”

Like many other international agencies, the organisation is having to contend with five simultaneous level-3 emergencies – the UN’s most serious crisis designation – in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Central African Republic and those west African countries caught up in the Ebola outbreak.

Despite the competing demands, said Barrow, the WFP could not simply divert money from one crisis to another at will.

“Because many donations are allocated to specific programmes and cannot be used elsewhere, there is a lack of flexibility in the system,” he said. “This has been exacerbated by the high number of complex emergencies we are facing and some programmes such as those for refugees are underfunded.”

The voucher scheme’s suspension comes nearly three months after the WFP first warned it was running out of money and weeks after it said it had reached a critical point in its efforts to help Syrian refugees because of a 89% funding shortfall.

“For the next six months, the WFP requires $412.6m to support almost 3 million Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries,” the UN body said in an operational resourcing update in November.

“Any reductions or halt in WFP assistance are likely to cause widespread food insecurity and further population movement and increased protection concerns.”

In the same bulletin, it warned that the first “critical pipeline break” in its Syrian operations was expected in January 2015, adding: “Considering commodity lead times, additional resources must be secured by early November to ensure procurement and arrival of supplies in time for January distributions.”

Despite Monday’s announcement, the WFP said it would be able to resume the electronic voucher scheme immediately – if December’s funding were to come through in time.

Syria’s three-and-a-half year civil war has killed more than 200,000 people, displaced 6.5 million within the country and forced more than 3 million to seek refuge beyond its borders.

Last month, another funding shortfall compelled the WFP to halve rations to half a million refugees, mainly from Somalia and South Sudan, who are living in the Dadaab and Kakuma camps in remote areas in northern Kenya.

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Sunday 30 November 2014

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2014 Nov 30Firat News:Witnesses: ISIS vehicle and members came from Turkish side

Eye witnesses spoke to ANF about the suicide attacks the ISIS gangs carried out in Kobanê after crossing into the town from the Turkish side of the border yesterday.

ISIS gangs targeted Kobanê with multiple suicide car attacks using Turkish soil in the Mür?itp?nar crossing area along the border with West Kurdistan, Rojava, early yesterday morning. Two ISIS militants carried out suicide attacks at the scene where their bomb-laden vehicles were detonated.

Fierce clashes broke out in the border area as YPG/YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defense Units) fighters strongly responded and repulsed the attacks. ISIS members who went back to the Turkish side, the building of wheat silos of the TMO (soil products office) very close to the border gate, continued to open fire on YPG/YPJ fighters while Turkish soldiers made no intervention as they attacked Kobanê.

Besides the attack from Turkish side, the ISIS gangs also carried out intense attacks from the eastern, southern and western fronts of Kobanê. The attacks were repelled by YPG/YPJ fighters who also blew up two bomb-laden vehicles of the gangs, and destroyed two of the three tanks they used in the onslaught on the southern front.

While the Prime Ministry Directorate General of Press and Information denied reports about the ISIS gangs using Turkish land to attack Kobanê, arguing that these were all fabricated news, statements of eye witnesses, who include civilians and asayesh (security units) members, do entirely contradict the official statement by Turkish authorities.

Witnesses told that the suicide vehicle came form Turkish land, and ISIS members that launched an attack after the explosions came from near the armored vehicles belonging to Turkish security forces. They also pointed out that the Turkish electricity supply was cut along the Kobanê border just before the attacks by ISIS gangs.

Asayesh officer ?smail who witnessed the attacks in Mür?itp?nar border crossing area, said the suicide car was detonated at around 5 o’clock Saturday morning, adding that; “I was at the sentry box at the border gate, together with another friend. The bomb-laden car was detonated soon after crossing swiftly from the border gate. We soon later gathered and moved towards the border gate. There were Turkish armored vehicles across our area and the ISIS members were coming from near them. Battle raged out there between us and the gangs. After bringing a wounded comrade to this side, I got to the top of a building where I saw an ISIS member opening fire from a tree on the Turkish side. I fired back on him and also saw a Turkish armored vehicle entering that area three times and people getting out those vehicles.”

Another asayesh officer Elî who was at his position in Kaniya Kurda region on the borderline at the time of the attack, stated that it was not possible for the gangs to come from that side, and that there was no road in that area. Elî told that; “The electricity was unusually cut along the entire borderline beginning from the Mahser village as of 4 in the morning. There was no power cut in other areas.”

Another asayesh officer Mihemed Heqî who was on the watch when the suicide car was detonated, and also suffered an injury in the attack, told the followings; “As my turn of duty was near, which is from 4 to 6 am, they were already attacking us with mortars and heavy weapons from the southern front. Not long after I took over the watch, I heard a sound of chain and the sound of our gate being knocked over. When I looked at the direction where the sound came from, I saw a car coming from Turkey’s side crossing the border gate and moving towards us. It turned the first street and detonated soon after crossing into our side. Houses around us were all demolished as we didn’t understand what was happening. The armored vehicles of Turkey were standing right across us. The suicide car came from near them and there were around 50 other ISIS members there.”

Mihemed Heqî gave the following details regarding the suicide car of the ISIS gangs; “It was a green military vehicle with a heavy weapon installed on it. I saw it as it came from Turkey’s side, crossed the border gate and detonated soon after passing by me. The car came from Turkey side but mortars were being fired from the southern side.”

Another eye witness Doctor Menav Kitkanî who was also on the watch when the attack was carried out told that; “I was trying to see which area had been hit by their mortars when a vehicle coming from the border gate broke into our side and detonated behind our building. I myself saw the car coming from Turkey’s side.”

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Saturday 29 November 2014

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2014 Nov 29Firat News: YPG/YPJ Commander: Initiative with the YPG, but danger remains:

YPG/YPJ Commander Meysa Ebdo assessed to ANF the latest stage in the Kobanê resistance, relations with Burkan Al Firat and the peshmerga forces and women’s role in the resistance.

Meysa Ebdo has stressed that while the initiative is now with the Kurdish forces after more than 10 weeks of fighting the threat continues.

Could you summarise the Kobanê resistance so far?

The ISIS gang’s attacks on us was not a random, unplanned assault. It was a planned attack hoping to achieve its aim in a short time. However, it encountered an epic popular resistance. We resisted along with our people and without our belief and will power it would not have been possible to resist these unprecedented attacks. Of course, the philosophy and experience of the Kurdistan Freedom Movement was behind this resistance.

What is the latest situation in Kobanê?

We are fighting in every house and in every street in the city. For some time now the initiative has been with the YPG/YPJ forces. At the moment we are aiming to entirely cleanse Kobanê and its villages of this gang. We have advanced on the eastern and southern fronts. On the western front ISIS has not been able to get into the city. Although the initiative is with us, the threat still persists. ISIS is still in the city and the war goes on. We do not under estimate the ISIS gang. Winter conditions will make things more difficult. We do not know what ISIS will do next, as they take no notice of any norms. As I say, the danger remains and conflict continues.

It is reported that ISIS has brought in reinforcements. Is this true?

This has been a continuous process that has not ceased. When a battalion is wiped out they bring in another one. In the last few days they have brought in reinforcements, mainly foreigners, as they are finding it difficult to get Arabs to fight.

From where do they bring in these reinforcements?

From all the areas around Kobanê. From Tel Abyad, Manbij, and Jarablus.

The peshmerga forces have been in Kobanê for more than a month. How has coordination been during this time?

We are together. The peshmerga are keen to have a role in the war. They have brought heavy weaponry. Most important of all, this has initiated a new period as regards Kurdish unity.

You are engaged in joint struggle with Burkan Al F?rat. What are relations like with them?

Our alliance with Burkan Al Firat symbolises the fraternity of the Arab and Kurdish peoples. We are carrying out joint actions, although they have their own military system. Our solidarity with them is at a high level and we share all needs, in addition to fighting together.

How do the Burkan Al Firat fighters react to the resistance of the YPJ?

They were surprised, as it is the first time they have seen women fighters. They witnessed the heroism of women fighters and were profoundly affected, leading to a change in attitude.

How do you assess the role of the YPJ resistance?

The women have put up a powerful resistance here, which has been recognised worldwide. The resistance represents all the women of the world and is continuing to develop. The fact women all over the world have identified with our struggle is very important for us.

Our resistance has been compared to that at Stalingrad. Even there women were not in the front line. The YPJ has been in the forefront of the resistance. Our message is that women can overcome all difficulties. After Kobanê I can say that the hegemonic view all over the world regarding women will not have the same effect.

Would you like to add anything?

I would like to thank the many writers and artists all over the world who have dedicated the prizes they have received to the YPJ fighters. I greet the women who have been maintaining a vigil at the border since the beginning of the conflict. We consider them an important part of the YPJ resistance.

Vehicle explodes at Turkish border with Kobane

A vehicle exploded at about 5 o’clock this morning after crossing from Turkey into Kobane. The bomb-laden vehicle passed the Mür?itp?nar border gate before blowing up. ISIS gangs based in the Turkish state agricultural depot (TMO) are continuing to attack Kobane from three sides.

According to YPG officials fierce clashes broke out after the vehicle belonging to the gangs exploded.

The gangs are based around TMO wheat silos very close to the Mür?itp?nar border gate, from where they have launched attacks on Kobane. Fierce clashes are continuing on the eastern, western and southern fronts in the city.

Urfa Governor ?zzettin Küçük admitted to HDP MP ?brahim Ayhan that the ISIS gangs were on Turkish territory and had attacked Kobanê from there.

YPG: ISIS attacks on Mür?itp?nar repelled

YPG (People’s Defense Units) said in a written statement that the attacks of ISIS gangs aiming to occupy Kobanê continued on the 75th day.

YPG Press Centre reported that ISIS groups have been launching attacks from the southern and eastern fronts of Kobanê since last night, using the heavy weapon reinforcements they have brought in from other regions such as Raqqa and Minbic.

The statement stressed that YPG and YPJ (Women’s Defense Units) mounted a massive resistance on all fronts to the ISIS gangs that have also conducted an attack from Mür?itp?nar border gate early this morning.

YPG Press Centre stated that ISIS groups carried out attacks with a bomb-laden vehicle and two suicide attackers from the Mür?itp?nar border crossing between Kobanê and North Kurdistan at around 05:00 Saturday morning.

The statement said that ISIS gangs have attempted an attack after infiltrating from the area of the wheat granaries on Turkey’s side, to the east of the border crossing, exploding two bomb laden vehicles as two other ISIS members blew themselves up at the Mür?itp?nar border gate. According to the statement, fierce and hand-to-hand combat took place between YPG/YPJ units and ISIS groups that mounted an attack soon after the explosions. Attacks in the border crossing area have been repulsed while clashes across the area of the wheat granaries are going on.

On the other hand, violent clashes are also taking place in the areas of Sukul Hal, Azadi Square and Asayesh on the eastern front.

YPG Press Centre said that the ISIS groups also launched a new wave of attacks with heavy weapons and 3 tanks on the southern front last night. The ISIS gangs simultaneously attempted attacks with two bomb-laden vehicles both of which were blown up and destroyed by YPG units.

According to the statement, YPG forces strongly responded and repelled the attacks, and launched a counterattack against the gang groups, advancing one step further in this region and taking the control of some strategical points.

Two tanks belonging to the gangs were destroyed while the number of casualties on ISIS side couldn’t be made clear. Intense clashes on the front are continuing.

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