Thousands of Kurds protest against Turkish attacks on Afrin town

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Syrian Kurds in Kobane bid farewell to a number of SDF fighters killed in clashes with ISIS in Raqqa. File photo

ARA News

Thousands of Kurdish citizens took to the street in Afrin district in Syria’s northwestern Aleppo province on Wednesday, protesting the Turkish offensive against the area.

Nawaf Xelil, a Kurdish analyst and former official from the Democratic Union Party (PYD), told ARA News that more than 100,000 people in Afrin (Efrîn in Kurdish) protested against the Turkish plans to attack Afrin.

On Wednesday, a protest was launched against the Turkish plans to attack Afrin, with slogans in Arabic and Kurdish, ‘No, to the Turkish occupation of Efrin’, ‘Efrin will become a cemetery for the mercenaries of Erdogan and his aides’.

The Kurdish city of Efrîn hosts thousands of displaced people and has become a safe haven for many civilians fleeing violence in other parts of Syria.

Until now, 3 Kurdish civilians were killed and 7 injured by Turkish artillery shelling this week.

Sipan Hemo, the general commander of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), said the Kurdish YPG fighters are ready to resist the Turkish troops if Turkey would launch operation Euphrates Sword in Afrin.

“We will fight with all our capabilities, and it will be the first encounter for us to face the Turks directly. They are aggressors on our land, and enter land that is not theirs,” he told Asharq al-Awsat.

“We are in full readiness to thwart the plans of the Turkish occupation and force them to withdraw from every inch of Syrian lands,” he said.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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