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The Women’s Defence Units (YPJ) General Command has issued a written statement on Wednesday saying that 12 of its members were killed in Turkish airstrikes targeting Karakoch in eastern Rojava.
“The invading Turkish state’s goal with this attack is to prevent the Operation Wrath of Euphrates against ISIS and to save ISIS from annihilation. This attack is against all the gains of the Kurdish people. With this attack the Turkish state targeted the women’s forces mostly and have shown their misogyny and intolerance to women’s freedom.”
The YPJ statement said the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Masoud Barzani knew of the attack as well as the International Coalition:
“This attack is based on the treacherous alliances of the KDP. The KDP alliance is known to have provided a foundation for these attacks. On the other hand, YPG and YPJ forces take their place with the Coalition in the fight against ISIS and have shouldered a great duty to defend human dignity. This Turkish attack on our forces didn’t happen without the knowledge of the Coalition forces. The silence of the Coalition against these attacks confirms and approves this. The women’s freedom movement cannot accept this situation.
‘We will strengthen fight’
All Kurdistani forces and all the Kurdish people should show their national protest. As the Women’s Defence Units, we call on all who fight for women’s freedom to protest and follow their duty against AKP’s misogyny. We are calling on all who fight for women’s freedom to increase our alliances and act in solidarity in all areas. We are calling on Kurdish women to protest these attacks in an organized way in their localities and support the defence forces. We will make those who target the Kurdish people and the free women, regret it. We salute our friends who were martyred and say that we will strengthen the fight.”