Tel Temir, Syria – On Monday, Kurdish military sources reported the death of a German woman during clashes against militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) near the town of Tel Temir in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria.
Ivana Hoffmann had been fighting for months in the ranks of the Kurdish Women Protection Units (YPJ) –a major force combatting IS extremists in Syria.
“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 insisting 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).”
Hoffman reportedly died over the weekend, when IS militants intensified their offensive against positions of the YPJ and the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in the countryside of Tel Temir.
The radical group had taken over several Assyrian villages near Tel Temir two weeks ago. Since then, the Kurdish forces and some Assyrian fighters formed a joint military force and started combatting the group in the countryside of Tel Temir.
Hoffman’s death was preceded by similar incidents when a British and an Australian fighter were also reported killed while backing the Kurdish forces against IS militants in northern Syria.
According to the Syrian Observatory, over 100 Western fighters have joined the Kurdish forces in Syria, including Americans, French, Spanish and Dutch fighters, among other nationalities.
Reporting by: Lorin Silo
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