Germany mourns woman killed in Syria

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Two Kurdish female fighters of the YPJ observe an ISIS-held Assyrian village in the countryside of Tel Temir, northeast Syria. File photo: ARA News

ARA News

Berlin, Germany  On Saturday, more 2,000 people participated in a funeral march in western Germany, mourning a German woman killed while fighting alongside Kurdish forces against extremists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in Syria.

Friends and activists escorted the body of Ivana Hoffmann, 19, through the streets of Duisburg to a cemetery where she was buried on Saturday. 

Hoffmann died one week ago while fighting side-by-side with the Kurdish female fighters of the Woman Protection Units (YPJ) in the Syrian northeastern town of Tel Temir in Hasakah province. 

Hoffman was born in Germany to a German mother and a father from Togo. She joined the Kurdish forces about six months ago. She was killed during clashes against IS militants while defending Assyrian villages in the countryside of Tel Temir.

“Comrade Hoffmann was martyred during clashes against terrorists in the Assyrian countryside of Tel Temir,” YPJ female fighter Aylan Khalil told ARA News

“She always insisted to be in the front lines during battles,” Khalil said. “She left her country (Germany) to join us and fight against enemies of humanity, the barbarian group of Daesh (IS).”

 

Reporting by: Silava Hassan 

Source: ARA News 

 

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