BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) were depicted as preparing for the ongoing fight against Turkish forces in Raju village in northern Afrin, Sunday, as Turkey continued its airstrikes.
On the outskirts of Raju Village in Afrin, two YPJ units loaded rifles and trained as they prepared to join reinforcements in the developing war against Turkey.
The female fighters asserted their will in protecting and defending their land with one saying “We are going to fight until the last drop of our blood,” while another proclaimed their stance against Erdogan saying, “Erdogan bombs our areas to force us to leave but we and our people are resistant. Let Erdogan does what he wants, we are resistant and defenders of our land. We are not going to leave.”
Turkey has been bombing targets in Afrin as parts of operation ‘Olive Branch’ since January 20 targeting Kurdish ‘terrorists’ across the border.
Turkey views the Kurdish YPG militia, which is active in northern Syria, as an extension of the banned militant group the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).