Kurds to protest Turkish airstrikes in European capital

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ARA News

Kurdish organizations in Brussels said that they will protest the Turkish air strikes –against Kurdish positions– in front of the Turkish embassy in Brussels, and have called on the Belgian Foreign Ministry to condemn the air strikes.

“The Turkish air force last night bombed the Syrian Kurds in Rojava, and the Yezidis in Iraqi Kurdistan. The YPG [People’s Protection Units] have announced that 20 of their fighters were killed, and 18 were injured,” the Council of Communities of Kurdistan (NavBel) said in a statement.

“Moreover, there are also civilian casualties. In Shingal (Iraq) one civilian and two Yezidi fighters were killed,” NavBel said.

Furthermore, five Peshmerga fighters were killed by Turkish fire in Sinjar (Shingal) on Tuesday.

“Turkey shows again it doesn’t tolerate Kurdish ambitions, anywhere in the world. The fact that fighters and civilians that were hit are at the forefront in the fight against Daesh [ISIS], shows again on which side Turkey stands,” the organization said.

“The Kurds will raise their voices against these crimes and will show that they cannot be intimidated, and will always protect Kurdish interests in all times,” the organization said, announcing a protest in front of the Turkish embassy on Wednesday afternoon.

Moreover, the Kurdish organizations Rojava Solidarity, Vrede VZW and NavBel called in a joint statement on the Belgium government to condemn the Turkish attacks in Sinjar and Rojava.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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