YPG Press Office released a statement about the ongoing attacks and violations of the invading Turkish army and allied gangs on the lands of Rojava.
The statement by YPG is as follows;
“In the morning of May 1st, Turkish soldiers opened fire on civilians working by the Tigris River in Ayndiwar village, as result of which one civilian got wounded.
The same day, Turkish army increased its activities on the western border of Kobanê. Turkish troops dug an underground emplacement and stationed heavy weapons and armored vehicles such as tank and BMB in this area. Turkish army also increased its activities and formed new emplacements across the villages of Medresemel, Alishar and Kikan on the eastern borderline of Kobanê.
Again on the same day, gangs affiliated with the Turkish army also increased their activities across Efrîn’s Ayn Daqne village and attempted to attack the YPG positions. YPG forces responded to the gangs, as result of which one member of the gangs was killed and one other was wounded.
In the evening hours, gangs launched howitzer attack on Mariske region of Efrîn’s Shera district, Gobele, Zirgate, Basile areas of Sherawa district and the Refugee Camp near the Sherawa district. The howitzers fired on Mariske and the Refugee Camp hit civilian areas, resulting in civilian casualties.
At the night hours, gangs attacked Efrîn’s Maranez, Ayn Deqne and Belune villages with howitzer, mortar and DShK fire.
On May 2nd, Turkish army-affiliated gangs stationed north of Idlib attacked the village of Iska in Efrîn’s Cindires district with mortars, which inflicted damage on civilians’ houses. On the other hand, Turkish Unmanned Aerial Vehicles flew over the area from Sherawa to Qastela at noon. YPG forces responded to the attacks, which left two members of the gangs dead.
At the night of the same day, at 00:00, Turkish soldiers captured civilians who attempted to cross the border illegally. The captured civilians were tortured and two of them were murdered by Turkish soldiers.
At 14:00 on May 3rd, clash erupted between YPG forces and Turkish soldiers on the borderline west of Kobanê. While the confrontation lasted for around an hour, details on its outcome couldn’t be obtained. During the course of the fighting, Turkish jets and reconnaissance aircraft flew over the eastern borderline of Kobanê.
Turkish army-affiliated gangs north of Idlib attacked the Iska village in Efrîn’s Cindires district, and the Maranez and Ayn Daqne villages east of Efrîn from Azaz region.
At between 18.00-20.00 in the evening, gangs affiliated with the Turkish army attacked the Qastel hill in Efrîn’s Shera district with howitzer and mortar fire.
Concurrently with the attacks, Turkish aircraft flew over Efrîn’s Bilbilê and Shiye district’s borderline with Bakurê Kurdistan.
On May 4th, a Turkish drone flew over YPG positions between Amûdê and Dirbêsiyê. The drone was hit by YPG and downed onto the northern side of the border. The same day, Turkish jets flew over the borderline west of Kobanê.
In the evening of the same day, gangs affiliated with the Turkish army attacked Ayn Daqne village of Efrîn with howitzers.”
Turkish army attacked Northern Syria 67 times during April
The invading Turkish army attacked Rojava and Northern Syria 67 times during April. 35 of these attacks were carried out by tanks and various artillery, 24 by all kinds of heavy weapons, 7 by missiles and one by warplanes.
YPG Press Centre released the balance sheet of the attacks of the invading Turkish army and the Operation Wrath of Euphrates for the month of April.
The balance sheet released by YPG Press Centre is as follows:
“During the month of April, 2017 the invading Turkish army attacked the entire border line of Rojava and Northern Syria 67 times. 35 of these attacks were carried out by tanks and various artillery, 24 by all kinds of heavy weapons, 7 by missiles and one by warplanes. This area houses a press center, the Voice of Rojava radio station, printing houses and military establishments. 20 YPG-YPJ fighters, including 3 press center personnel, were martyred and 18 fighters were injured as a result of the attacks.
In the face of these attacks and violations, the People’s Defense Units (YPG) and Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) fighters responded to the attacks 16 times with the required level in the frame of legitimate defense. As a result, there erupted brief clashes three times at different points of the border line. In addition, 3 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), 3 tanks, 2 panzers, a radar-laden military vehicle belonging to the Turkish army and 6 positions of the invading Turkish army were destroyed.
In April 2017, YPG and YPJ fighters continued their pioneering role within the Syrian Democratic Forces in the Operation Wrath of Euphrates, and actively participated in the 4th phase of the campaign.
In this scope, 800 km2 land in the northern and northeastern part of Raqqa (north of the Jalab valley) that involves the Hezîme, Mezraa Tishrîn and dozens of other villages was liberated from the ISIS gangs.
During the month tens of thousands of Raqqa and Tabqa residents were rescued and placed in secured areas. The Operation Wrath of Euphrates continues at full speed in Tabqa. 95% of the city has been cleared and dozens of ISIS members were encircled and killed.”
Farewell to YPG/YPJ fighters martyred in Turkish attack
Farewell is bid to 14 of the 20 YPG/YPJ fighters who were martyred in the Turkish attack on Rojava’s Qereçox area on April 25 night.
The massive funeral ceremony at Xebat Dêrik Cemetery of Martyrs in Dêrik city is attended by thousands of civilians as well as military and political officials of Rojava.
Speaking at the ceremony, YPJ commander Sozdar Dêrik said the followings:
“This attack has strengthened our determination for struggle. We state once again that those claiming to be supporting YPG-YPJ must manifest a clear stance. We will follow the struggle of our fallen comrades and we promise them that we will raise their flag everywhere. Şehîd Namirin [Martyrs are immortal].
Speaking after, YPG commander Hesen Qamişlo offered condolences to the Kurdish people, stressing that: “We are in a very fragile process. We are fighting savage gangs. This brutal attack of the Turkish state was carried out with the cooperation of betrayers. These attacks will not go unanswered. Freedom fighters are bringing the gangs to an end as they move towards Raqqa. The Turkish state has provided support to the ISIS gangs by attacking Qereçox. No matter how much we are attacked, our resistance will never be broken.”
Hesen Qamişlo called on international powers to manifest a clear stance against this attack, saying; “The international coalition forces that express support with the YPG-YPJ, the U.S. in the first place, should make their stance against this attack clear. The battle given here is a struggle of honour. We draw our strength from our people and martyrs. Our fight against terror will never stop.”
Hesen Qamişlo reiterated their promise to follow the struggle of martyrs.
Following speeches, the martyrs were laid to rest.