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REVOLUTIONARY Kurdish women vowed today to continue the liberation struggle “in the name of Zehra,” in honour of those killed in Tuesday’s Turkish drone attack on a house in northern Syria.
“Let’s take our place in the struggle for revolution and freedom,” the United Revolutionary Movement of Women (KBDH) said after the air strike, which killed Zehra Berkel, Hebun Mele Xelil and Amina Waysi.
The trio were gathered in a house in the city of Kobane, in the semi-autonomous region Rojava, when they were targeted.
Tuesday’s bombing has sparked an angry response, with mass protests in Kobane and many European cities demanding the international community breaks its silence over the Turkish occupation of Rojava.
Ankara and its jihadist allies are accused of committing war crimes and extra-judicial executions, including that of Free Syria Party leader Hevrin Khalaf last October.
And the latest killings have been branded as another attempt by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime to stop women’s involvement in political life.
Ms Berkel was a leading member of the women’s umbrella organisation Kongreya Star, which warned of the fascist Turkish state intensifying its war crimes “against the march of women’s freedom.”
Ms Xelil was also a member of the women’s organisation along with Ms Waysi, who lived in the house struck by the Turkish missiles.
Kobane is a city associated with resistance, with many comparing the significance of the victory over Isis with that of the battle for Stalingrad which was held under siege by the Nazis during the second world war.
“Women were at the forefront of this victory,” the KBDH said, adding that women were the driving force and the face of the revolution in Rojava.
Kongreya Star warned: “Kurdish people and women … are in an incomparable resistance struggle to defend their values.
“These murderous attacks are now completely unconstrained. Military attacks made on civil society are war crimes. Targeting women politicians is a crime against the future for women.”
Turkey’s opposition People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Women’s Commission spokeswoman Ayse Acar Basarn condemned the attacks but warned that the Turkish state “will never defeat the will of women.”
Leyla Guven, the party’s MP for Hakkari who was recently stripped of her parliamentary status, said: “Know that Kurdish women will not bow their heads against you and Kobane will never fall.”
The HDP Women’s Struggle Everywhere campaign was launched earlier this month to defend the right of women’s involvement in politics.
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