Syria Kurds bid farewell to YPG fighters, killed by Islamic State

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Funeral of a YPG fighter in northern Syria. File photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – On Saturday, supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) participated in the funeral of the Popular Protection Units’ (YPG) fighters. Corpses of Baran Defrem and Seydo Qamishlo, who were killed on Friday during clashes between the YPG and Islamist militants, arrived in the city, where hundreds of Kurds took part in their funeral.

Adnan Ali, an activist based in Qamishli, stated to ARA News that the gathering started the funeral from al-Antariya neighbourhood with the participation of residents of the city, including Kurds, Arabs and Syriacs, alongside with political organizations, towards the cemetery dedicated to the burial of YPG and Assayish forces.

The funeral continued amid slogans chanted for “glorifying the YPG resistance against the attacks of the Islamic State group all over Rojava” (Kurdish areas in northern Syria).

“Several words during the ceremony were delivered in the funeral by the families of the victims, including the Democratic Society Movement TEV-DEM, the Assyrian party, and the Civil Assembly of Christians through which they confirmed the importance of having the Popular Protection units (YPG) in order to defend the region,” Ali added.

Notably, both fighters Baran Defrem and Seydo Qamishlo were fighting in the ranks of the YPG (the military arm of the Democratic Union Party ‘PYD’) and lost their lives on Friday during clashes with al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State (previously known as ‘ISIL’) in the city of Hasakah, northeast of Syria.

 

Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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