- Title: Family devastated after Syrian Kurd's immolation outside UNHCR
- Date: 24th October 2019
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. CITIZEN LIVING IN GENEVA, THOREAU REDCROW, SAYING: "I am here today at the United Nations as an American, who is ashamed along with millions of other Americans of the decision that Donald Trump has made. He has betrayed our Kurdish allies and our allies in northern Syria. The YPG and the YPJ (acronym whose translation means People's Protection Units, the defence forces of the Kurdish area of Syria) gave up 11,000 heroes to defeat ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and the war that they have got from Donald Trump is basically betrayal. In one phone call where he is allowing, you know Turkey's leader Erdogan to invade Rojava and commit ethnic cleansing." UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR) HEADQUARTERS / UNHCR ENTRANCE, GUARDED BY POLICE PROTESTERS GATHERED
- Embargoed: 7th November 2019 18:50
- Keywords: Syrian Kurd sets himself on fire Ali Wazir Kurds UN refugee crisis Kurdistan Syria
- Location: LAUSANNE AND GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- City: LAUSANNE AND GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- Country: Switzerland
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA007B2GKL6V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Relatives of Ali Wezir, a 32-year old Syrian Kurd who set himself on fire in front of the U.N. Refugee agency (UNHCR) in Geneva, said on Thursday (October 24) that the Turkish military operation in northern Syria launched at the beginning of October was the reason for his act.
A German resident for the past four years, the father of two boys aged 2 and 5, Syrian Kurd Ali Wezir set himself on fire on Wednesday (October 23) while visiting one of his brothers, Lazkin Wezir.
Members of the Kurdish diaspora gathered outside the UNHCR to stand in solidarity with Wezir and to denounce the U.N.'s silence and failure to act.
Wezir is currently receiving treatment at the specialised burns unit at the university hospital in Lausanne, Geneva police spokesman Silvain Guillaume-Gentil said on Wednesday.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) accused Turkey on Thursday of launching a large land offensive targeting three villages in northeast Syria despite a truce. Turkey's military operation was widely condemned by its NATO allies, which said it was causing a fresh humanitarian crisis in Syria's eight-year conflict and could let Islamic State prisoners held by the YPG escape and regroup.
(Production: Marina Depetris, Louisa Naks)
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