NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — The Turkish bombing campaign targeting vital civilian infrastructure in North and East Syria continued on Monday with devastating consequences for the local population.
Late on Sunday evening, Turkish forces targeted an academy of the International Security Forces (ISF) of North and East Syria in the town of Dayrik (Al-Malikiyah / Derik), causing substantial casualties.
On Monday morning, five women working in cotton fields in the village of Al-Bashiriya in Hasakah Canton were injured by Turkish bombardment.
The women were taken to a hospital in Hasaka city to receive treatment.
5 cotton workers were injured in the village of Bashiria in Darbasiyah as a result of a Turkish air strike.
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The Turkish attacks have spanned most of the border, stretching from Kobani to Dayrik and as far south as Hasakah, targeting factories, hospitals, water pumping stations, and power generation infrastructure.
The primary objective of the strikes appears to be disrupting daily life, public movement, and destabilizing the region already grappling with economic pressures and severe security challenges, resulting in numerous casualties.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have vehemently denied Turkish accusations linking an attack in Ankara to individuals from North and East Syria crossing the border. The SDF alleges that Turkey is using these claims to divert attention from internal issues and create a pretext for ethnically driven crimes against the local population.
SDF General Commander Mazloum Abdi condemned Turkey, warning against potential military aggression and emphasizing the SDF’s non-involvement in Turkish internal conflicts.
Elham Ahmed, head of the Executive Committee of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), echoed these denials, accusing Turkey of destabilizing the region and attacking infrastructure in North and East Syria. She called on the international community to intervene, protect civilians, and urged Turkey not to export its internal problems to the mentioned Syrian regions.