5 workers killed in Turkish attack in Shengal laid to rest in Rojava

On 28 December, five workers from Rojava were killed in a Turkish drone attack in the Yazidi region of Shengal in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

On 28 December, an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) of the occupying Turkish state bombed the tents of workers who were drilling water wells in the Kora Simoqya area in the Mezargeh region of the Yazidi city of Shengal (Sinjar).

The workers killed in the attack came from Rojava, and they were drilling water wells for the local people in the Shengal region.

The bodies of the murdered workers were transferred to North-East Syria last night, with four of them being taken to Raqqa and the other to Kobanê.

Remedan Hemadî, Hisên El Hisên, Ehmed Elî Elî and Munîr El Bekûr were laid to rest in the Til Beya Cemetery in Raqqa, while Şahîn Elî will be buried in the Şehit Dîcle Cemetery of Martyrs in Kobanê today.

The Yazidi settlement area Shengal (Sinjar) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq is the last contiguous settlement area of the Yazidi community. Thousands of Yazidis were murdered and thousands of women and children were taken prisoner in the 3 August 2014 onslaught on Shengal by ISIS militants. While ISIS gangs began murdering Yazidis in Shengal, the Peshmerga left, leaving the Yazidis behind, unprotected. The guerrillas of HPG (People’s Defense Forces) and YJA Star (Free Women’s Troops) and fighters of the YPG (People’s Defense Units) and YPJ (Women’s Defense Units) came to the Yazidi people's aid in the face of ISIS aggression. Thanks to a months-long selfless struggle, the city was liberated on 13 November 2015. After the liberation of the city, the HPG and YPG/YPJ subsequently withdrew in 2017. People who returned to their land after Shengal's independence reformed, established defensive units and built their institutions.

The Turkish state, which has been frustrated by the liberation of Shengal and the military and political organization of the Yazidi community after ISIS' genocidal attack in 2014, has been attacking Shengal for 6 years. Attacks by Turkey that violate international law have been routine in southern Kurdistan for years. The Turkish air force bombs the territory of the KRI and Iraq on an almost daily basis, especially where guerrillas are suspected. However, civilian settlement areas are also regularly attacked by the Turkish army, including the Yazidi settlement area of Shengal and the Maxmur refugee camp. With its aerial terror, Ankara is pursuing a targeted policy of displacement - in particular by deliberately destroying civilian infrastructure.