Girê Spî‎ (Tell Abyad)

Tell Abyad (Arabic: تل أبيض‎, lit. ‘White Hill’, Kurdish: Girê Spî‎, Turkish: TellebyadArmenian: Թել Աբյադ, Classical Syriac: ܬܠ ܐܒܝܕ‎) is a town in the Tel Abyad Canton of the Euphrates Region of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria.

The town was divided when the borders were drawn along the borders of Syria and Turkey. Its northern part is currently Akçakale, a city which lies within Turkey’s borders.

The town was liberated by the Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) on 16 June, 2015.

On the morning of 9 October 2019, Turkish state military forces began to bombard cities of Rojava – and also began incursions across the border, particularly in the region around Girê Spî and Serê Kaniyê, which are now under full occupation by Turkish forces.

Turkey has faced accusations of ethnic cleansing and war crimes, including the use of banned chemical weapons. On top of this, and emboldened by it, ISIS regaining strength in the region and sleeper cell attacks have increased by 48% since the start of the invasion.

The Turkish military and their allied Jihadist militias are attacking civilians, as well as military positions, with aerial bombardment and tanks on the ground; destroying hospitals, houses, electricity and water supplies. The illegal invasion has so far killed over 300 civilians, and around 300,000 people have been displaced.

Turkish-held Water Station in Northeast Syria not Providing Enough Water to Hasakah

Sozdar Ahmad, co-chair of water directorate in Syria’s Hasakah, said they were late in distributing water to neighbourhoods due to the weak water flow from the Turkish-held Alouk station in Serekaniye in the country’s northeast.

Refugees in Girê Spî Camp Set Up Vegetable Co-operative

60 decares of land was allocated to the newly established co-operative.

A Worldwide Call from the People of Heseke

Emergency call to the whole world to interfere and contribute to save the life of civilians and consider Heseke as a truly afflicted city as Turkey’s mercenaries controlling the Allouk water station are again cutting the water.

Water Crisis Continues in Northeast Syria Despite Partially Restored Flow

Turkey has reduced the flow of water from the Euphrates River into northeast Syria, while its proxies have cut the flow of water from the Allouk water station, depriving hundreds of thousands of people of access to clean water. In addition, the reduced water flow has caused electricity shortages in a region dependent on electricity generated by the Tabqa dam.

Coronavirus in Rojava: Facing a Pandemic Without a State

Across the world, states are coming under pressure for their response to the coronavirus crisis. Some fail to adequately protect their citizens, some use Covid-19 as an excuse for authoritarian power-grabs, and some do both simultaneously. Here in North and East Syria, the autonomous region more commonly known as Rojava, 4m Syrians;– Kurds, Arabs, Christians