On February 16, RT Arabic released an interesting video showing a member of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units wearing civilian clothes. The video is filmed in the Syrian area of Afrin where the YPG was clashing with the Turkish Armed Forces and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army.
When asked why he was dressed as civilian, the YPG member answered that he did this in purpose to hide from Turkish shelling.
#Syria RT reporter in #Efrin asks #YPG\#SDF why he is wearing civilian clothes he answered:to protect myslef from Turkish shelling, Turkish army shells anyone wearing uniform even in civilian areas #OliveBranch #Turkey pic.twitter.com/jAgUHTYoiS
— Putintin (@putintintin1) 15 February 2018
While local sources and independ experts have repeatedly questioned the numbers of allegedly “neutralized terrorists” in Operation Olive Branch provided by the Turkish General Staff, RT Arabic’s video draws attention to another side of the story.
The YPG media actively exploits reports on civilian casualties caused by the Turkish military operation. However, YPG/YPJ members dressed as civilians discredit these reports themselves.
More Kurdish fighters in civilian clothes:
Görüntüyü iyi izleyelim..
Yer Afrin bülbül kasabası bölgesi tahmini bülbül kasabasının güneyinde mevzilenmiş pkk/ypg teröristleri.
Hepsi sivil elbise giyiyor.Bölgedeki bir çok köy’de sivil kalmadı.
Bölgeye sivil görünümlü teröristler yerleştiriyorlar.. pic.twitter.com/ikiZkSBm0s
— Son Kale Türkiye (@SonKaleTurkiye2) 4 February 2018
The propaganda war is ongoing.