On 23rd April Turkey launched a ground-and-air-campaign in the Zap, Metina and Avashin regions, also known as Medya defence zones of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.
The Kurdish fighters of the People’s Defence Force (HPG) and Free Women’s Units (YJA-star) have been responsing to the Turkish armed forces with a series of military actions.
A special team of YJA-Star fighters have been recorded on Zendure Hil by an ANF camera team. This group of female fighters are reportedly active in the counter operation against Turkey’s offensive, entitled “Cenga Xabur”.
“I feel more than a little excited.We are about to launch another successful operation. Since the enemy has stepped into this region
we have been organising quite successfull actions.” These words belong to a young female fighter named Nuda.
“We are now on our way for another action. We are going to defend Zendura Hill,” she said.
Nuda stated that their action aims at the “defence of Zendura”, speaking in a whispering tone -as seen in the footages- because, as she explains, there were Turkish soldiers present nearby where they have recorded this footage.
Another female fighter who shared her views was Rojin.
“Is this your first action?” she was asked and she replied:
“Yes, I am a little bit excited, but I trust myself. This is the zone of the Apoist girls. We will resist till the end and we will defeat the enemy. I wish everyone success. Long live our leader Apo [Abdullah Öcalan].”
The Kurdish fighters then talked to the cameras after they have reportedly returned from the military action they were involved.
“We have seen seven people with whom we had clashes with.
We have hit them on Zendura Hill. Our clash ended with our success,” they said.
“We wish all friends in Zendura success. We fully support them. We guess they can hear our voices, because they were near us. This is a tribute to Gare resistance, a tribute to Martry Şoreş resistance, a tribute to Heftanin and Avashin.
We salute the resistance of all our friends.”