Kurdish YPG forces vow strong response to Turkish aggression


Kurdish YPG fighters participating in the SDF operations against ISIS in northern Syria. File photo

ARA News

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said they will strongly respond to any Turkish attacks on Rojava-Northern Syria, while in the past the YPG avoided direct confrontations with NATO member Turkey.

“Our forces have responded strongly to the attacks of the Turkish state. In the conflicts over the border, the Turkish army was inflicted heavy blows,” the YPG said in a statement.

“The Turkish attacks against our positions [in Rojava] are still ongoing. We have tried to develop good relations with the Turkish state [as a US-led coalition partner], but their hostility towards the Kurdish people continued,” the YPG said. “However, we say that after the last attack, our response will be in the framework of international law and legitimate self-defense,. After this, no attack by the Turkish state will be left unanswered and a strong response will follow each violation,” the YPG said.

On April 25 at 02:00 hours, the YPG General Command based in Qereçox in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province was bombed by warplanes belonging to the Turkish government, and the YPG Press Center, the command affiliated institutions, the Denge Rojava Radio building and other points belonging to the Syrian Kurds were targeted. “In this attack of the Turkish army, 20 of our comrades were killed and 18 of our comrades were wounded,” the YPG said.

“After this offensive, Turkey launched a series of attacks on our [YPG] positions along the border of Rojava. From the Canton of Efrin to Cindirês, and further to Dirbesiyê of the Cezire Canton, many points of our forces were attacked by the Turkish army,” the YPG said.

According to the YPG, the Turkish Air Force conducted 22 sorties along the border with Rojava between April 25th and 27th, 2017.

“On April 28, 2017, the Turkish army attacked the Hemdunê Hill and Xerez region between Amudê and Dirbesiyê [in Hasakah province] at about 04.30am with tank and mortar fire,” the YPG said.

“Our forces have responded to the Turkish offensives in these areas and intense clashes have occurred,” the Kurdish leadership stated on Saturday.

“According to the information that can be clarified after the firm response of our forces, 3 tanks, 2 panzers, a radar vehicle belonging to the Turkish army and 2 positions of Turkish soldiers were destroyed,” the YPG said.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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