Syrian party calls for unity against Islamic State ambitions


From Wednesday's gathering in Qamishli. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – On Wednesday, members of the National Youth Party for Justice and Development (allied with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad) and the Revolutionary Youth Union (youth wing of the Baath Arab Socialist Party) gathered in Sabaa Bahrat square in the city of Qamishlo (Qamishli), northeast Syria, showing solidarity with al-Hasakah city –which saw intensive attacks by al-Qaeda offshoot group of the Islamic State (IS) over the last few days.

The participants chanted slogans calling for unity among Arabs, Kurds and Syriacs, and demanded maintenance of peaceful coexistence in the region of al-Jazeera (Hasakah Province), condemning sedition and sectarianism “which extremists try to promote in Syria”, according to slogans written in ​​Kurdish, Arabic and English languages.

The protestors condemned IS group attacks on “Rojava” (areas of Kurdish majority in Syria), raising slogans called for dignity and honour such as “Rojava, the Cemetery of IS”, “Qamishlo, the Land of Resistance and Martyrs”, “Syria, a Homeland for All Syrians”.

Speaking to ARA News, Prewin Turki Ibrahim, leader of the National Youth Party for Justice and Development and organizer of the gathering, said: “We gathered today to condemn the terrorist attacks on our areas in Syria (Hasakah province), which is an important part of Syria.”

Perwin emphasized her party’s aspiration to hold Syrians together against what she called “terrorists and extremist forces”.

“We, in the National Youth Party for Justice and Development, appeal to each of the Kurds, Arabs and honourable Christians, as well as the public, parties and political forces to stand united against these attacks,” Ibrahim told ARA News.

“We call on the youth to take up arms and defend our areas avoid the scenario of the Iraqi city of Mosul in our areas,” she said.

“We are willing to cooperate and coordinate with any party and force to defend and preserve Syria’s land. We are coordinating with the Syrian Arab Army, the National Defence Army and the Popular Protection Units (YPG), and ready to support any faction takes up arms to defend the unity of Syria,” Ibrahim emphasized.

The National Youth Party has an armed wing close to the Assad regime, which reportedly participated in the recent clashes of Hasakah city alongside with the YPG (military arm of the Democratic Union Party ‘PYD’) and pro-Assad forces against militants of the Islamic State (IS).


Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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