Firat News: Fierce clashes on three fronts in Kobanê
YPG (People’s Defense Units) Press Centre reported in a written statement about the ongoing fighting in Kobanê town of West Kurdistan, Rojava, that ISIS attacks aiming to occupy the town continued for the 61st day. Fierce clashes have taken place on three fronts in the besieged town.
According to the YPG statement, violent clashes erupted on the eastern front where ISIS gangs carried out an attack from the borderline. 11 gang members, including an emir (leader), were killed in the fighting. Read more
Out of 180 thousands of people from Kobanê who had to leave their town following the savage attacks of ISIS, which began on 15 September, some 48 thousand have arrived in the border district of Suruç in Urfa province. While the basic needs of the refuges from Kobanê, including the building of the tent cities, are being met thanks to a mobilization by the local people, only 6 thousand of them have been provided shelter in tents set up by the state institution AFAD. Read more
YPG (People’s Defense Units) Efrin Canton Command has released a statement regarding some media reports that the Jabhat Al Nusra group is making reinforcements and preparing for an attack on Efrin.
The YPG said clashes around ?dlib and Aleppo were taking place between the Nusra group and FSA groups, noting that the Efrin Canton has faced no attacks from these groups so far. Read more
PYD (Democratic Union Party) Co-President Asya Abdullah said their demand for a corridor into the besieged town of Kobanê was still in place, remarking that opening a corridor was essential to support the ongoing resistance against ISIS gangs attacking the town.
Giving information about the present situation in Kobanê, Asya Abdullah pointed out that ISIS gangs were continuing to bring in weapon reinforcements from other regions, and that these included tanks and cannons.
Abdullah said the attacks gangs carry out with these weapons are targeting the town centre and civilian areas, recalling that 8 civilians have been killed in these attacks in the past two days. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: YPG fighters advance in Kobani, and IS militants shocked by the YPG resistance
Reliable sources reported to SOHR that violent clashes between YPG and IS fighters erupted yesterday night and lasted until this morning in the south of Ayn al- Arab “Kobani” city where YPG fighters could advance towards several positions. Other clashes between the same parties in al- Haj Rashad Mosque and Municipality areas. On the other hand, YPG and Peshmerga forces shelled IS positions in the south of the city. Read more
Firat News: Saleh Muslim: Kobanê fighting for humanity
Speaking at a panel discussion titled “ISIS attack on Kobanê and the future of the Middle East”, organised by Democratic Kurdish Society Centre in Amsterdam city of Holland, PYD (Democratic Union Party) Co-President Saleh Muslim stressed that Kurds in Kobanê were fighting for humanity. Read more
Firat News: Kader Ortakaya laid to rest
The latest victim of extrajudicial execution by Turkish security forces, 28 year-old Kader Ortakaya, who was shot in the head by Turkish soldiers as she crossed the border to support the Kobanê resistance on 6 November, has been laid to rest in Istanbul. Ortakaya was a member of the Social Freedom Party Initiative (TÖPG) and was an M.A. student at Marmara University. Read more
YPG fighters in the front line in Kobanê have issued a call to the whole world. “ISIS gang members come from all over the world. They are savage and brutal. As everyone knows they chop off heads and commit rape. We call on everyone, not just the Kurds, to see this barbarity and support us morally, if not materially. We will not leave our positions until we have thrown ISIS out of Kobanê. All the world’s states should know that we will fight to the end in Kobanê.” Read more
Western and Arab powers that are have deployed air strikes to prevent the Syrian town of Kobani falling to Islamic State must be ready to help another Kurdish enclave that is also surrounded by Islamist fighters, the local leader said on Friday.
Kobani has been besieged by Islamic State for more than a month, and only air strikes by a U.S.-led coalition and the deployment of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters have kept the hardline Sunni group at bay. Read more
Firat News: Soldiers deliberately targeted Ortakaya
It came out that the woman killed in the attack by Turkish troops at Suruç-Kobanê border today is 28-year-old Kader Ortakaya, an activist from the Collective Freedom Platform and post-graduate at Marmara University.
Kader Ortakaya has lost her life after being shot on the head as Turkish troops fired real bullets and intense tear gas on artists affiliated to the Initiative for Free Art who formed a human chain at Suruç-Kobanê border today.
Soldiers also fired tear gas and real bullets on the people at the Kobanê side of the border.
The young woman’s body has been taken to the hospital in Kobanê and will reportedly be transferred to the Forensic Medicine Institution in Urfa via the Mür?itp?nar border crossing. Read more