News from the Revolution in Rojava and Wider Kurdistan
Operations undertaken by YPG/YPJ forces to clear remaining ISIS elements from the villages around Kobanê continue incessantly along three fronts, according to an article appearing in Özgür Gündem.
According to a statement from the YPG Press Center released on the 146th day of fighting around Kobanê, 19 more villages have been liberated from ISIS over the past 24 hours: the villages of Solanê, Lêhênê, Mîlê, Koran, Ûçkardeş and the two villages forming Xerbîsan on the Eastern front; the villages of Korê, Bîra Remê, Xanê, Qenter, Kiran, Kûlan and Qereko on the Western front; and the villages of Komçi, Şêx Botan, Cumo, Piştê Zêrik, Ziravik, and three strategic heights near Ziravik on the Southern front. 2 YPG fighters also lost their lives in the fighting.
We Are Resisting Shoulder To Shoulder With The YPG/YPJ
Fighters with the Communist Party of Turkey-Spark (TKP-Kıvılcım) confirmed that they were fighting together with the YPG/YPJ against ISIS, announcing in a statement that “we declare that we will be offer our active support as Kobanê is reconstructed…The Rojava women’s revolution is resisting and growing and increasing the hope of our peoples. TKP-Kıvılcım fighters are standing shoulder to shoulder on the front with the brave fighters of the YPJ/YPG and have the honor of defending freedom.”
Greetings Without Borders For The YPG/YPJ
Thousands of local residents standing watch across the border in the villages of Mehser, Misaynter and Elîze in the district of Pirsûs (Suruç) sent their greetings to YPG/YPJ fighters last night as they advanced against ISIS. Thousands lined up waving flags of the KCK, PKK, YPG, and YPJ and shouting slogans such as “Long Live The Resistance OF the YPG/YPJ” and “Long Live President Apo.”
Kobanê Should Be Structured Around The ‘Hewş’ Culture
While work continues to rebuild Kobanê, Master Architect Mükremin Barut has commented on the project, saying that instead of multi-storied concrete buildings it needed to be restructured along the ‘Hewş’ (courtyard) culture. Barut said “Kobanê is a chance, an opportunity to found a new model based on the perspectives of the architects, landscape architects, and engineers who once again want to realize their dreams in the Middle East.”