Friday, 22. June 2018

The Kurdish people are considered the largest population in the world without a State. They are about 40 million, mainly concentrated in a territory called Kurdistan, located in areas of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, in the Middle East. Most Kurds live in Turkish and Iranian areas, while around 2 million live elsewhere, mainly in Europe.

Since January, Afrin, a Syrian city in the border with Turkey occupied by the Kurds, is being brutally attacked by the Turkish state, under the command of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with Al-Qaeda and the Free Syrian Army. This attack means a new and bloody conflict, which has been raging for three months, killing thousands of civilians and forcing hundreds of thousands of Kurds to leave the city. Acts of solidarity carried out by civil society were recorded on all continents on March 24th, expressing great humanitarian concern regarding the invasion in the area.

Kobani solidarity demonstration in Berlin, 2014. Foto: Montecruz Foto / flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)YPG General Command has released a statement denouncing attack by the Turkish army against positions of the People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the Free Syria Army (FSA). According to the statement, the Turkish Army shelled the YPG and FSA positions in the village of Zormikhar in front of the ISIS-occupied town Jarabulus – using heavy tank fire at 4:30 July 24 in western Kobani. In this attack four fighters of the FSA and several local villagers were injured.

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