Kurdish female fighters initiate humanitarian support for women suppressed by ISIS

Kurdish female fighters of the YPJ securing a checkpoint at the fighting front against ISIS in the countryside of Sere Kaniye, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

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Qamishli, Syria – As Syrian Kurds nearing to capture the IS-held city of Tel Abyad in Raqqa province, northeastern Syria, Kurdish female fighters of the Women Protection Units (YPJ)  announced the establishment of a private chamber to help the displaced women, who fled from the Islamic State militants (IS/ISIS), military sources reported on Monday.

The Kurdish YPJ fighters will also provide assistance to those who are trapped in the city and get them reach the “liberated areas” which are under the control of their forces.

Newroz Ahmed, the YPJ General Commander, said Monday in a statement: “We seek through this chamber to support all women affected by the violence of IS terrorists in Tel Abyad, whether Kurds or Arabs, and provide them with humanitarian support.” 

“After liberating the city of Tel Abyad, our first priority will be providing humanitarian support to the affected civilians, especially women,” she said. “Therefore, we call on all women of Tel Abyad and Raqqa not to stay at the mercy of the border wire, but to head to the areas liberated by our forces.” 

The Kurdish commander pointed out that it’s time for freedom from terrorists of Daesh (IS), adding: “We (YPJ) are determined to continue strengthening our forces, and escalate our struggle for the protection of the entire society.”

“We particularly protect the women from the injustice and terrorism of Daesh (IS) until liberating Tel Abyad permanently, this is the desire of our martyrs and the desire of all peoples of the region.”

The YPJ leading member added that the women of Raqqa (the IS de facto capital) who have lost their homes, recognize well the dirty practices of IS terrorists who oblige residents to disperse into different places and refugee camps in neighboring countries.

Ahmed appealed to civilians suppressed by IS not to leave Syria “because the day of freedom from terrorism is coming soon”. 

The People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women Protection Units (YPJ) regained Monday the district of Mashhoour Tahtani in eastern Tel Abyad after fierce battles with the Islamic State. Additionally, the joint forces (YPG and Burkan al-Furat rebels) cut off the road between the cities of Tel Abyad and Raqqa in an attempt to suspend the main supply line of the extremist group.


Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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