Support Peace in Syria: #noflyzone4rojava
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To the Global Coalition against Daesh and the International Community,
We, the undersigned, hereby demand the following:
1. An immediate No-Fly Zone to be enforced over the airspace of Rojava-Northern Syria;
2. An immediate cessation of Turkish military aggression in the territories of Rojava-Northern Syria and Shingal Mountain;
3. An immediate end to the economic embargo on the territories of Rojava-Northern Syria, and the allowance of humanitarian aid to civilian populations in these territories.
The blatant military aggression by the Turkish regime against Rojava-Northern Syria and the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), beginning with the thirteen airstrikes against a YPG and YPJ General Command Center in the Qarachox area of Cizire Canton as well as numerous strikes against the Yezidi community in Shingal during the night of 25 April 2017, has already resulted in high numbers of casualties, both civilian and combatant. The Turkish regime is attacking civilian populations indiscriminately, in an attempt to weaken Rojava-Northern Syria through fear tactics and a complete disregard for basic human rights and the sanctity of human life.
These attacks have come as the YPG, YPJ, and SDF have begun to successfully liberate the city of Raqqa, the self-declared capital of the Islamic State, and its surrounding areas from IS control. The Turkish regime has stated that the YPG must be pushed back in Syria, claiming that combating the terrorist group IS should not be the international community’s top priority. This clear attempt to paint the YPG and YPJ as an extremist militia will only serve to support the Islamic State, demonstrating that the Turkish regime is willing to side with the most extreme terrorist group in modern history in order to strike at Rojava-Northern Syria.
The forces of Rojava-Northern Syria cannot – and will not – continue to battle IS alone, while consistently being undermined and attacked by the Turkish regime. The international coalition must put an immediate end to these blatantly illegal aggressions by Turkey and support the YPG, YPJ, and SDF, which have unfailingly been the most effective forces in repelling the terror and extremism of the Islamic State in defense of freedom and democracy.
In signing this statement, we call upon the international community and our governments, and especially the governments of the international coalition, including but not limited to: the United States, the Russian Federation, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt, to take immediate action in order to enact the above demands.
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