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Kurdish women's defence units hold back Turkish forces in northern Syria

TURKISH forces and their jihadist allies are being repelled by fierce resistance led by women in the battle for Tel Abyad in northern Syria, which has been bombarded by air strikes.

Women from the Women’s Defence Units (YPJ) are on the front line and told the Mesopotamia News Agency that they were fighting invading forces “with our cries of resistance.”

They are engaged in fierce fighting and engaging with jihadist groups in the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which has joined the Turkish military to invade the Kurdish-majority region in northern Syria known as Rojava.

Tel Abyad, known in Kurdish as Gire Spi, sits across the border from the Turkish town of Akcakale which is known as a recruitment centre for global jihadism. 

Isis fighters were known to cross the border from Syria and use the hospitals to patch up war wounds, staying in local hotels before returning to the battlefield.

It remains one of the only towns that is under the control of the invading forces, but they are meeting with resistance led by Kurdish women who have vowed to defend their lands.

The YPJ are currently defending the Ebu Sira and Celebi line, halting the advance of the FSA.

Arin Kobane said that they faced heavy attacks on the Tel Abyad front line.

She explained that they fought against tanks, cannon and aircraft, but promised they would not let the people of Rojava down.

She said: “We will continue fighting to keep the gangs out of our lands. They tried on many fronts yesterday. We fought back. We responded. 

“We destroyed their tanks. There were many dead and wounded. We fought them with our resistance cries. 

“They know how we fight. They know our style. As women, we will defend and protect our land. These lands are the lands of our martyrs.”

Her fellow fighter Viyan Rojava stressed that the Kurdish forces are the ones “on the right side” against Turkey and their jihadist allies who want to invade and occupy their land. 

She said that they would never forget the struggle of their friends who have been killed in Turkey’s war, and vowed to continue their struggle. 

Ms Rojava said: “Our enemies should know this, and know this well. We will never allow occupation. We will remove them from our lands they are trying to invade.”

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