Kurdish journalist Hemze Hamza captured a startling video of a female Kurdish sharpshooter exchanging sniper rounds with members of the Islamic State in the terrorist stronghold of Raqqa on Tuesday.
The Kurdish woman is a member of the "Women's Protection Unit," or YPG, the United Kingdom's Sun reported. The organization is some 7,000 volunteers strong and is primarily tasked with defending civilians from the Islamic State. This group is reportedly responsible for playing a critical role in the rescue of thousands of Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar by ISIS fighters in 2014.
Hamza, not giving the woman's name, briefly lauded the woman in the video with a tweet saying, “Kurdish women know no fear. Your average human being would be scared for life after being so close to death but she kept laughing.”
Kurdish women know no fear. Your average human being would be scared for life after being so close to death but she kept laughing.
— Hemze Hamza (@Sergermed_) June 27, 2017
In the video, the Kurdish sharpshooter is seen aiming her rifle out an opening at what is believed to be an unseen Islamic State fighter. A split second after the woman takes her shot an apparent ISIS bullet hits the wall just behind her head.
The woman slowly lowers herself to the ground smiling. Immediately afterward, the woman exchanges an excited, seemingly happy dialogue with her companions, though it is unclear what she is saying. The woman then tells the man with the camera "Enough, enough filming," according to the BBC.
Sniper battle inside Raqqa city. Thank god the ISIS terrorist missed 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/c75h4HSjIW— Hemze Hamza (@Sergermed_) June 27, 2017