Russian inaction in North and East Syria as Turkey continues targeting Tel Tamr electric grid

TEL TAMR, Syria — The attacks of the Turkish occupation and its Syrian National Army (SNA) proxies on the Khabur River Valley town of Tel Tamr and its countryside continue to target civilian property and public infrastructure, especially the electric grid.

Co-Chair of the Tel Tamr Electricity Center Fahd Samila explained to SuroyoTV that the Turkish occupation, since it invaded Tel Abyad and Rish Ayno (Ras al-Ayn), has been targeting vital installations especially the electricity on the frontlines which feed the Tel Tamr area.

He also explained that the power lines in Tel Tamr have been targeted eight times so far, while the power lines feeding Abu Rasayn (Zarkan) and the surrounding villages have been targeted more than 60 times.

Samila added that the Center’s maintenance crews are repairing those lines in coordination with local authorities but they have not receive a response from the Russian forces deployed in the area who are supposed to ensure safe entry to the Turkish-occupied areas, especially the village of Al-Munakh.

Samila stated that the Turkish occupation often deliberately targets the electrical lines soon after the maintenance crews finish repairing.

“Two months so far, the maintenance crews have not been able to repair any electricity lines due to the continuous and indiscriminate Turkish bombing of populated villages,” he continued, noting that nearly 45 villages have suffered from complete power cuts since then.

He stressed that attempts are continuing to repair the lines, despite work crews being targeted by Turkish forces.

Samila called on the international community and human rights organizations to ensure the safety of essential service institutions from the ongoing conflict in the region.