– People’s Protection Units
– Qamishlo City bombing
– Delegation from the Provincial Government in Kobani heads to north Kurdistan
– Syria is among the “most dangerous places on Earth” for children
– Educational and Cultural Activities.
People’s Protection Units (YPG)
Kobani – According to the Information Centre of the YPG in Kobani, several Free Syrian Army brigades, including the Kurds’ Front Brigade, and YPG forces ‘coalesced’ into one unit fighting against the mercenary groups of ISIS in south Kobani. It has been reported that 35 ISIS mercenary terrorists have been killed.
According to an official statement published on the YPG’s website, “the YPG supported the Syrian Free Army brigades and the Kurds’ Front Brigade in their battle against the ISIS. As a result, one fighter was martyred and two others from the Raqqa Brigade were injured supporting the YPG forces. The rebels with the YPG forces have managed to kill several ISIS terrorists. One YPG fighter was wounded last night in the ongoing fighting near Serin.”
Qamishlo City bombing
Qamishlo – According to HAWAR News correspondent that death toll of the recent terrorist attack by the ISIS on the innocent civilians of Qamishlo, during which 5 people were injured, has reached 8 (three women). According to the same source, the attack occurred in the afternoon hours during which 3 terrorists were also killed.
Sinam Mohammed, the Co-chair of the People’s Council in Rojava, has confirmed that their revolution against the rejectionist Ba’athist chauvinist and racist ideology started on 12 March 2004. She has also pointed out that this recent terrorist attack in Qamishlo was an attack on the people of Rojava and their eagerness to build democratic institutions. She also said that the attackers “represent the enemies of freedom, democracy and progress in Rojava.”
The Syrian National Opposition Coalition has offered their condolences to the families of the victims who lost their lives in the recent bombing in Qamishlo.
A delegation from the Provincial Government of Kobani visits Northern Kurdistan
Kobani – A delegation from the Provincial Government of Kobani has visited Northern Turkey after receiving an official invitation from the Turkish government to discuss many issues. This is the first official visit by the Provincial Government of Kobani, which was established two months ago, to a neighbouring country.
The delegation includes: the Co-chairs of the Legislative Council (Mrs Fawzia Abdi and Mr Nihad Ahamad), the Foreign Minister (Mr Ibrahim Kurdo), the Transport Minister (Mr Hamza al-Mahmad), a member of the Legislative Council (Ms Zahra’a Sa’adoon), the Head of Relief Committee (Mr Suliman Khalil) and the Head of Internal Affairs and Customs in Kobani (Mr Omar Mohamed).
The delegation will meet officials from the Turkish government as well as officials from leading political parties in the country. They are expected to discuss the relationship between both parties as well as opportunities for co-operation between the Provincial Government of Kobani and its neighbours. In a brief statement to the ANHA News Agency, the Foreign Minister of the Provincial Government of Kobani, Mr Ibrahim Kurdo, said, “The visit was at the request of the Turkish government as a step towards opening up the prospects for future co-operation in the socio-economic areas between the province and its neighbours.”
Syria is among the “most dangerous places on Earth” for children
The number of children affected by the civil war in Syria has more than doubled over the past year, with hundreds of thousands of young Syrians trapped in besieged parts of the country, the United Nations Children’s Fund said on Monday.
“After three years of conflict and turmoil, Syria is now one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a child,” said the UNICEF report. “In their thousands, children have lost lives and limbs, along with virtually every aspect of their childhood.”
UNICEF said the child casualty rates were the highest recorded in any recent conflict in the region. It cited U.N. figures that at least 10,000 children have been killed in the Syrian war but noted that the real number is probably higher.
“The dangers for children go beyond death and injury,” UNICEF said. “Boys as young as 12 have been recruited to support the fighting, some in actual combat, others to work as informers, guards, or arms smugglers.”
The UNICEF report said 2 million children needed some form of psychological support or treatment while a total of 5.5 million children were affected by the conflict – some of them inside Syria and others living abroad as refugees.
Educational and Cultural Activities
The Organisation of Students’ Affairs of al-Jazira Province has organised a movie night, which was attended by dozens of school pupils, at the Aram Tikran Centre for Culture and Art. The story of the film “Bekas”, directed by Karzan Qadir, is about two small children whose parents were killed by the Iraqi regime under Saddam Hussein and who dream of travelling to the US to meet Superman thinking that he is able to bring their parents to life.
Aishaneh, a 42 year old woman and a mother of four, teaches the Kurdish language to pupils in the Ama’ar Ben Yaser School in Amouda, wearing a traditional Kurdish dress and arguing that her dream has been achieved by teaching the Kurdish language. Her father taught her Kurdish 30 years ago and since then she has managed to overcome several obstacles that prevented her from developing her language skills.