At least 31 people, the vast majority of them Kurdish fighters and Syrian soldiers, died 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 for their part reported at least 29 dead: 11 civilians, 15 pro-regime fighters, two silo guards and one Kurdish fighter.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), which has an extensive network of sources in Syria, was unable to confirm civilian deaths. He reported a series of airstrikes carried out on Saturday evening and before dawn on Sunday by the Turkish army in Raqa and Hassaké and Aleppo provinces, which left 18 Kurdish fighters and members of local allies and 12 Syrian soldiers dead. pointed to OSDH which has a large network of sources in Syria. There were 40 injured.
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The NGO also denounced the death of a journalist, Issam Abdallah, Syrian correspondent for a Kurdish news agency. The official Syrian news agency Sana confirmed the deaths of several Syrian soldiers, without specifying the number. The attacks mainly targeted the city of Kobani and its surroundings near the Turkish border, including grain silos near Al-Malikiyah and a power plant located in an area under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). dominated by the Syrian Kurds.
Turkey has announced the launch of this air operation in the north of neighboring Iraq and Syria hitting 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 13th. The Turkish operation, dubbed “Sword Claw”, aims to “eliminate terrorist attacks from northern Iraq and Syria, ensure border security and eliminate terrorism at its source,” the Turkish defense ministry said.
Turkey, whose soldiers are present in areas of northern Syria, has been threatening since May to launch a new offensive against the FDS, which it considers “terrorists”. “These attacks by the Turkish occupation state will not go unanswered. At the appropriate time and place, we will respond forcefully and efficiently,” the FDS reacted in a press release.