WOMEN’S PROTECTION UNITS

To The Press And General Public

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Our forces, in accordance with the ceasefire agreement announced yesterday, have gone into defensive position in all contact lines including the areas under Turkish occupation as of 22:00 local time on October 17th. Although the the attacks on Serêkaniyê front and its countryside has been partially slowed down by aggressors, artillery and drone attacks and harassment fire by Turkish-supported groups continued. 13 of our fighters and 5 civilians were martyred due to the attacks by Turkey in Serêkaniyê and surrounding civilian settlements since 22:00 yesterday.

We urge all sides who took part in the cease fire decision and agreed to the deal to act according to the terms of the agreement. We reiterate that we will not refrain from using our right to legitimate self defense in case of any attack by Turkish-backed militias.

Kino Gabriel – SDF spokesperson

October 18th, 2019

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