Thousands attended funeral processions on Sunday held for the five young individuals killed in a Turkish airstrike in Kobane, North and East Syria.
A drone attack on Saturday evening killed Nujiyan Öcalan, Viyan Kobane, Rojin Ehmed Isa, Mirhef Xelîl Îbrahîm, Welîd Mihemed Menle, and wounded four.
Co-chair of the Girê Spî Assembly, Sebrî Nibo, spoke at the procession in Kobane, and said that the attack was part of Turkey’s psychological warfare against the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), affirming that they wouldn’t be diverted from their path by such attacks.
Co-chair of the Assembly of the Martyrs’ Families in the Euphrates Region, Eyşe Efendi, called on everyone not to remain silent in the face of such inhumane attacks, adding that they would not be brought into submission to any authority under the pressure of such attacks.
Turkey has been both occupying parts of the AANES and also targeting urban centres in air attacks since the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDG), the major armed force in the AANES, defeated the Islamic State (ISIS) in October 2017 and liberated all territories under its control with the air, logistics and intelligence support of the International Coalition.
Three civilians, including a prominent political figure, were recently killed in a Turkish airstrike on 9 November 2021 in the city of Qamislo.
Three were killed earlier in a vehicle on the Kobane-Aleppo road in a Turkish drone attack on 23 October 2021, while two were killed and three injured earlier in an attack on 20 October 2021.
Turkish airstrikes targeting territories controlled by the AANES are carried out despite a 2019 cease-fire negotiated by the United States.