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Thousands march for Öcalan in Efrîn and Girkê Legê 

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In marches held in Rojava’s Efrîn province and Qamishlo’s Girkê Legê district, people protested the isolation imposed upon Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan.

The marches in Efrîn and Qamishlo pointed to the health and safety of Öcalan.

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The protests launched under the lead of Kongreya Star, TEV-DEM and Rojava Youth Union demanding the clarification of the isolation and Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan’s situation had thousands of people from Efrîn on the streets showing their dissent. The crowd carried posters of Öcalan, flags of TEV-DEM, YPJ and YPG and banners that read “Bê Serok jiyan nabe”, and held a march in the Newroz crossing.

The march continued with slogans demanding freedom for Öcalan and a clarification of his situation, and turned into a rally in the Martyrs Square.

The rally itself started with a minute’s silence, then Hisen Mihemed from the TEV-DEM administration, Kongreya Star Coordination Member Suad Eliko and Rojava Youth Union member Gule Cemo gave speeches.

In the end of the rally, the crowd chanted slogans for Öcalan’s freedom.

GİRKÊ LEGÊ

In Qamishlo’s Girkê Legê district, women held a march with the slogan, “We will make 2018 the year of Rêber Apo’s freedom”.

Protests continue in Northern Syria and Rojava as part of the mobilization launched by Kongreya Star with the “Tear down the Imrali system and live with Leader Apo” process.

Today hundreds of women, NGOs and women’s asayish forces from the Girkê Legê district took to the streets and held a march.

Protesters carried Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan’s posters and flags as they gathered in the Martyr Xebat Square.

The crowd chanted “Bêyî Serok jiyan Nabe” and other slogans condemning the isolation imposed upon Öcalan.

The march continued through the busy streets of the district and turned into a rally in the Freedom Square.

There Kongreya Star Administrator Zeyneb Efrînî gave a speech and stated that they will continue protesting until Rêber Apo achieves his physical freedom.

After the speeches, the rally ended with slogans of freedom for Öcalan.

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Civilians and fighters killed by Turkey in Afrin laid to rest 

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14 civilians and two YPG fighters lost their lives on the first and second day of the Turkish army’s invasion operation against civilian settlements in Afrin.

Early Monday morning, thousands gathered in front of the Avrin Hospital where the dead bodies were held. After receiving the bodies, the mass started a march, chanting “Revenge”, “Martyrs are immortal”, Long Live Leader Apo”, and “Long Live Afrin resistance”.

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After the mass reached the funeral grounds, Afrin Canton Co-president Mustafa Hesen and Institution of Martyrs’ Families administrator Şaziye İbrahim held speeches.

Afrin Canton Co-president Mustafa Hesen responded to the Turkish state portraying civilians it has massacred as YPG fighters. He said; “Let Erdogan come and look at the children he has killed. We will stay in our land till the last drop of blood.”

Institution of Martyrs’ Families administrator Şaziye İbrahim stressed that; “Your games will not make us give up on this cause. We will defend our land until the end. We condemn Russia. Are you hostile to us because our children have finished off ISIS?”

Following the speeches, martyrs were laid to rest in Afrin and Shehna cemeteries of martyrs.

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Three-day balance sheet in Turkey’s Afrin operation 

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Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has released the three-day balance sheet of the Turkish state’s invasion operation against Afrin Canton of Northern Syria.

Accordingly, 40 members of the Turkish army and affiliated gangs have been killed and nearly 300 others have been wounded.

As a result of attacks of the Turkish army on Afrin and surrounding civilian settlements, 18 civilians lost their life and 23 others got wounded.

Three fighters also fell as martyrs during three days of invasion attacks.

The statement said that women and children are among those killed or wounded by the attacks.

According to SDF, two tanks of the Turkish army were destroyed and a BMB. Type vehicle carrying soldiers was damaged in the village of Kurdo in Afrin’s Bilbile district.

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Clash between Turkish army and YPG in Serêkaniyê 

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The Turkish army has expanded its attacks on Afrin to Derik and Serêkaniyê.

Clashes are taking place between Turkish soldiers and YPG/YPJ fighters in Serêkaniyê, on the border between Rojava and Northern Kurdistan.

Turkish soldiers also attacked the YPG positions in Derik’s Xerabreshik village on Bakur-Rojava border. Clashes erupted upon the retaliation of YPG/YPJ fighters.

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