HASAKAH – Leadership of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Tuesday announced the death of two foreign fighters, a British and a Slovenian, who have been engaged in recent clashes with militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria’s border city of Manbij.
The British volunteer Dean Carl Evans [nicknamed Gîvara Rojava] and Slovenian volunteer Martin Gruen [nicknamed Rodî Çekdar] were reported dead while fighting as part of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against ISIS in Manbij.
“Many international fighters joined our forces. Two men, Heval [comrade] Givara, a British man and Heval Rodi, a slovenian man came with the noblest of intentions and planted a seed of love into the hearts of our friends and all the peoples of Rojava [Syria’s Kurdish region],” the YPG leadership said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Our fighters Gîvara (Dean Carl Evans) and Rodî (Martin Gruden) joined the Rojava Revolution to write their chapter in the history of the Kurdish people and to push an evil from this region,” it said. “Both fought with an unwavering believe in the right of the revolutionary cause at the very front against this stain on humanity called DAESH (ISIS). Not one moment did they retreat and they sacrified their lifes for the people of this region.”
“We remember all of our martyrs and want to show our heartfelled respect for their families and especially for the families and loved ones of our heroes Gîvara and Rodî,” the YPG said.
Speaking to ARA News, Kurdish leader Salih Muslim said that foreign volunteers join the YPG forces to protect humanitarian values, and to fight ISIS extremists, “who are a danger to all humanity,” he said.
“The Kurds are very happy with these foreign fighters. They do not feel alone, in the past the Kurds only had mountains, but now we have Americans, British, French and Germans, and many of them were martyred,” he added.
Reporting by: Qehreman Miste and Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News
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