Syrian Kurds call to arms against jihadists

After Kurdish leader's death; Damascus, Homs, Aleppo fatalities

30 July, 19:28

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, JULY 30 - Kurdish People's Defence Units (YPG) called Tuesday for mass mobilization against the jihadist groups vying with them for power. The Kurdish group, which controls part of Syrian territory along the border with Turkey, issued the call in response to a Kurdish leader's assassination.

    The YPG's statement was circulated by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) and asked for help to protect the zones they control from attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the Al-Nusra Front.

    The call came a few hours after the assassination of Isa Huso, a member of the Kurdish Supreme Council (an umbrella group encompassing most of the Kurdish movements active in Syria) in Qamishli, northeastern Syria. Huso had just got into his car when a bomb placed in it exploded, reports the Kurdish news agency Firat. Two weeks ago the YPG took control of the Ras Al-Ayn border crossing with Turkey, but battles against the jihadists continue in the region.

    Four other people were killed today and another 17 injured in mortar shelling in Damascus, reports the state-run agency SANA, which accused ''terrorist'' groups (the term they use for armed rebel fighters) of being behind the attacks. At least 11 children were also killed in several raids by the Syrian army in Homs and the Aleppo region, reports the SOHR, which is linked to the opposition. An air strike near Aleppo killed 7 girls and 3 women, while 4 children lost their lives in Homs. (ANSAmed).

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