12 members of the Kurdish women’s force, YPJ, killed in Turkish airstrikes

YPJ members at a military parade in northern Syria's autonomous region Rojava.

Twelve members of the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) were killed in Turkish airstrikes targeting the group’s headquarters in northeastern Syria early Tuesday morning.

The YPJ, in a statement on Wednesday, confirmed that of the 20 Kurdish fighters killed in the multiple airstrikes, 12 belonged to the YPJ, while the other eight were members of the People’s Protection Units (YPG). 18 other militants were injured in the air raid.

In the statement the group, which came to prominence following several victories against the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group, also accused the US-led anti-IS Coalition of having prior knowledge of the attack and not preventing it.

“YPG and YPJ forces are on the same side as the Coalition in the fight against Daesh [IS] and are carrying a great burden for humanity. The attack by the Turkish army on our forces did not occur without the knowledge of the International Coalition. The Coalition’s silence is proof and approval of this. As the women’s freedom movement we cannot accept this.”

The all-female feminist group also accused Turkey of carrying out the airstrikes to weaken the Kurdish-led Wrath of Euphrates Operation targeting the capture of IS-stronghold Raqqa.