Erdal Kobanê: We will protect this land with our lives
The spokesman of the Girê Spî Military Council, Erdal Kobanê, said: "We will protect this land with our lives. As long as we live, the Turkish state will not be able to occupy these areas."
For a fortnight now, the Turkish state has been attacking the autonomous areas in northern and eastern Syria with all its might from the air, with rockets, drones and howitzers and sporadic mercenary attacks. The spokesman of the Girê Spî Military Council, Erdal Kobanê, warns of a Turkish ground attack. In an interview with ANF, he emphasised that the region is meant to be occupied and that the Turkish state intends to settle its mercenaries in the place of the population. Therefore, since the beginning of the expansion of the attacks on 19 November, mainly civilian settlement areas from Shehba in the west to Dêrîk in the east have been attacked. The attacks have mainly killed civilians and many regime soldiers, including commanders. Nevertheless, the regime and Russia have remained silent about the attacks.
"TURKISH PLANS DID NOT WORK”
The massive airstrikes are meant to make people panic and flee the region, Kobanê said and continued: "Of course, this calculation did not work. The attackers met with resistance from the population. Despite all the attacks, people did not leave their villages and towns. The attacks did not only take place at the border lines. The people's living space, infrastructure, schools and hospitals were targeted. As the attacks increased, our people strengthened their resistance even more and clung to their land even more."
"AS LONG AS WE LIVE, THIS REGION CANNOT BE OCCUPIED”
Kobanê emphasized that: "As the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces), we are the children of this people. We will protect these areas even if it costs us our lives. As long as we live, the Turkish state will not be able to occupy these areas. The children of this country are convinced and determined to fight. We are also prepared for any attack."
"THE INVASION ATTEMPTS WILL CONTINUE"
The spokesperson of the military council, who sees a domestic political motivation of the Turkish regime behind the attacks and points to the upcoming elections next year, added: "The Turkish state will do everything to attack the people in northern and eastern Syria at every opportunity. All the state's efforts are already geared towards this. Whatever happens, we will never allow this land to be occupied and the hopes of the people here to be dashed. This is our promise to the people."