BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – The media wing of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) has announced the death of two European volunteer fighters – one from Spain and the other from France – from within its ranks amid ongoing battles with Turkey-led forces across Syria’s Afrin region.
The pro-YPG European volunteer fighters have been identified as Kendal Breizh from France and Baran Galicia from Spain.
The exact times at which the foreign volunteers died is unclear, however, other sources reporting on the YPG announcement say both Kendal Breizh and Baran Galicia died within the last week.
Furthermore, it is officially unknown how either were killed; nonetheless, it is thought that Turkish airstrikes were the cause of their death.
The Turkish Army and Syrian proxy forces loyal to Ankara launched an operation against Syrian Kurdish paramilitary groups in Afrin just shy of one month ago now. Since then pro-Ankara forces have made modest gains in the region but still have yet to achieve a major breakthrough.