Turkey Launches New Offensive on Kurdish YPG Positions Northeast Syria
Turkey’s military on Monday bombed headquarters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah Governorate, military sources and activists reported.
The Turkish army hit YPG positions in the Ain Diwar village in Derik District, east of Hasakah.
“Turkish forces targeted the YPG units in Ain Diwar with artillery fire,” a Kurdish officer told ARA News. “Today Rojava has witnessed a new violation by the Erdogan government.”
“The AKP [ruling Justice and Development Party in Turkey] and its allies try to hit the Kurdish forces in Syria in support of ISIS terrorists,” he said.
The YPG leadership said the Turkish bombardment on Ain Diwar continued for one hour, adding they responded to the offensive.
“Our forces responded to the attack by launching several shells, targeting the source of the fire. Only then the Turkish offensive stopped.”
Scores of YPG fighters were wounded in the bombardment, and a massive material damage was reported due to the attack.
This is not the first time Turkey has targeted Syrian Kurds. According to military sources, the Turkish Army has launched more than 22 attacks on Kurdish positions in northern Syria.
The YPG said that Turkey is targeting Kurdish areas in northern Syria “to undermine the Kurdish progress against ISIS.”
“We’ll not allow Turkey to continue those violations at the border. We are ready to respond and we’ll do whatever it takes in order to stop this offensive against our people,” the YPG leadership said in an earlier statement.
Reporting by: Qehreman Miste
Source: ARA News
Turkish Soldiers Fire on Civilians in Afrin Canton in Rojava, 5 Injured
Turkish soldiers who crossed the border into Afrin Canton in Rojava-Northern Syria Federation to build a wall fired on people protesting the incursion today.
Hundreds of people from the Cindirês, Mabeta and Şiyê districts gathered in the Şedaya village in Raco district to protest the Turkish army’s incursion into the area.
Protestors were fired on by the soldiers in the early afternoon and 5 civilians were wounded.
Fatma Silêman, Hêvî Elo, Rifet Bîlal and Îdrîs Weqas were injured in the aggression with the ID of a fifth person not being clarified.
Reports from the area say protests are continuing against the building of the wall in Şedaya. Protestors say the wall is being built to divide the Kurdish people living in Rojava and Turkey’s Kurdish region and to suffocate the democratic system being built in the area.
Afrin is Rojava’s most western canton. Turkey and Turkish-backed rebels launched the ‘Euphrates Shield’ operation in August to prevent the connection of Rojava’s central canton Kobane with Afrin.
Commentators have said Turkey’s exclusion from the operation to liberate Islamic State’s so-called capital Raqqa is also another reason for the Turkish army’s aggression on Afrin, the Shehba region and Kobane.
The Syrian Democratic Forces, including the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey opposes, are leading the operation ‘Wrath of Euphrates’ to liberate Raqqa.
Source: ANHA, Kurdishquestion.com