Reply Ankara attributes the Istanbul attack to the PKK, which it intends to destroy
Turkey launched a series of airstrikes in Syria and northern Iraq in response to the November 13 attack in Istanbul. — OZAN KOSE/AFP
At least 31 people, the vast majority Kurdish fighters and Syrian soldiers perished in raids by the Turkish army launched on Saturday evening against Kurdish regions in northern Syria, according to a latest report provided by an NGO on Sunday. The Kurdish autonomous authorities have on their side reports at least 29 dead: 11 civilians, 15 pro-regime fighters, two silo guards and a Kurdish fighter.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), which has an extensive network of sources in Syria, has not been informed. able to confirm civilian deaths. He reported a series of airstrikes carried out on Saturday evening and Sunday before dawn by the Turkish army in the provinces of Raqa and Hassaké and Aleppo, which cost life at; 18 Kurdish fighters and members of local allied forces and 12 Syrian soldiers, said the OSDH which has a vast network of sources in Syria. There were 40 injured.
The NGO also reported the death of a journalist, Issam Abdallah, Syrian correspondent for a Kurdish news agency. The official Syrian agency Sana confirmed it’ the death of several Syrian soldiers, without specifying the number. The strikes were aimed at mainly the city of Kobané and its surroundings, near the Turkish border, in particular the silos at; grains near Al-Malikiyah and a power plant located in an area under the control of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Turkey has announced the launch of this air operation in the north of neighboring Iraq and Syria targeting several regions under the control of the Syrian Kurdish forces and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), accused by Ankara of the attack that killed six people in Istanbul on November 13. The Turkish operation, dubbed “Sword Claw” “Eliminating terror attacks from northern Iraq and Syria, provide security borders and eradicate terrorism at home. his source,” Turkish Defense Ministry.
Turkey, whose soldiers are present in areas of northern Syria, has been threatening since May to launch a new offensive against the SDF, which it considers to be “terrorists”. “These attacks by the Turkish occupation state will not go unanswered. At the time and at where appropriate, we will respond forcefully and effectively,” MSDS.