Syrian Kurds give ultimatum to Assad's
Kurdistan flag is raised at the top of governmental
buildings. The Kurdish people seized all government
institutions in the Kurdish city of Kobane in West
Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) aka northern Syria.
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AMSTERDAM,— A statement by the Union of
Kurdish Coordination Committees (UKCC) on Friday
called on all members of the Syrian army to withdraw
from the Kurdish areas or face consequences.
“After liberating a part of our Kurdish region, we
are warning all the pro-Assad forces in the Kurdish
areas to either defect from this regime and withdraw
peacefully, or they will be forced to leave against
their will,” the statement read.
The UKCC statement also called on the Kurdish people
to preserve all the government institutions and
secure them from any damage, “because these are the
property of the people, and all the neighbourhoods
should be regularly protected by the Kurdish Popular
Sherzad Yezidi, representative of the People’s
Council of West Kurdistan in the Kurdistan Region of
Iraq, told Asharq Alawsat that liberating these
Kurdish areas could be considered the first step of
implementing the agreement signed last month between
the Kurdish National Council [KNC] and the
Democratic Union Party [PYD].
“All the Kurds are waiting for the liberation of
Qamishli city, since it is the largest Kurdish city
in Syria and it is considered as the political and
administrative capital of the Kurdish region in the
only then we will be able to breathe freedom in
Syria’s Kurdistan,” Yezidi said.
As the Syrian regime started to lose control on many
towns and neighbourhoods across the country, a
number of Kurdish areas live in a state of partial
The Kurdish town of Kobane, northeast of Aleppo, was
declared free of Syrian security forces on
Wednesday, and the residents raised the Kurdish flag
on different government buildings.
The Liberation of Kobane was declared by the joint
forces of the Popular Protection Units – founded
recently by the KNC and the PYD. Leaders of both
groups said they would be responsible for
maintaining order and protecting the lives of
residents in Kurdish neighbourhoods.
Fawzi Shangal, the leader of the Kurdish Accord
Party in Syria told Rudaw that the city of Amude and
Efrin fell on Friday and they expect more areas to
be liberated within hours.
Shangal said that the Kurdish cities fell without
any major clashes. The forces of the Assad regime
withdrew from the area, he said.
Hussein Kocher, representative of the PYD in the
Kurdistan Region of Iraq, told Asharq Alawsat
newspaper on Friday that the liberation of Kobane
was achieved when members of the security forces
surrendered to Kurdish forces.
“As our joint Kurdish forces surrounded the
governmental and security buildings, security forces
had to choose either confrontation or surrender.
They preferred to avoid any confrontations with our
Kurdish forces, and they left the town,” Kocher
said. “We are glad that the process of liberating
Kobane is achieved peacefully without any bloodshed,
and that is exactly what we were insisting since the
beginning of the revolution--to avoid any clashes
with the forces of the regime in the Kurdish
Meanwhile, Kurdish activists reported on Friday that
Qamishli—the largest Kurdish city in Syria—began to
seize parts of the city from the Syrian government
forces and raise the Kurdish flag.
By Adib Abdulmajid
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