ZALIN (QAMISHLI), Syria – The Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) and its military wing Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) issued statements today condemning the renewed Turkish bombing of North and East Syria and attacks by its militant mercenary factions; “where artillery and mortar shells targeted the people in particular, and inflicted many material damages to the property of safe civilians in the area, with the aim of emptying the area of its residents.”
The SDF condemned the renewed Turkish attacks, especially in Ayn Issa and neighboring villages.
“As many villages near the M4 international road were bombed by the mercenaries of the Turkish occupation army during the past three days, especially along Ayn Issa line, the bombing was accompanied by flights of reconnaissance and warplanes. In the early hours of October 21 morning, a group of mercenaries of the Turkish occupation army tried to infiltrate Ayn Issa, and clashes broke out in the vicinity of Saida village resulting in killing 10 mercenaries and wounding many others.”
The statement further added that SDF fighters of Ayn Issa Military Council were able to repel the Turkish occupation and its mercenaries and kill 10 Turkish-backed mercenaries and wounded many who tried to infiltrate Ayn Issa.
The SDF and the Administration called on the international community to commit to its moral responsibilities under international law to stop the increased Turkish violations. The DAA demanded both Russia, the U.S., the U.N., and human rights institutions to adhere to their commitments and stop the Turkish practices in the region.
Co-Chair of the Syriac Union Party (SUP) in Syria Sanharib Barsoum confirmed the increased Turkish military activity and violations. In statements to our news desk, he stated that Turkey, with its undermining and hostile ambitions and illegal means, only seeks to divide the region, change its demographics, and expand its geopolitical influence. He said the occupation of Turkey and human rights violations come amid a deeply disappointing international and regional silence.
He added that the Turkish occupation aims to cut off parts of Syria. By displacing indigenous peoples and settling non-indigenous people, Turkey has started the process of demographic change in the areas it occupies. Barsoum too called on the international community to take the necessary measures to prevent the ongoing practices of the Turkish occupation as they impede any potential political solution that could take place in Syria.
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One year ago @VP Pence negotiated a Ceasefire Agreement with #Turkey. But since then, new data shows that Turkey & #SNA factions have been implicated in 800+ violent episodes involving civilians or the #SDF.
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— Doktora Amy Austin Holmes (@AmyAustinHolmes) October 14, 2020