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Merkel Strongly Condemns Turkish Military Offensive in Afrin

25 March, 2018, 00:52 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Turkish forces and Free Syrian Army are deployed in Afrin Syria

The operation left deaths and injuries among civilians; also, shops and private properties were spotted looted by Turkish-backed rebel fighters.

Tal Rifaat is held by the YPG, but there is also a presence for Syrian government troops.

Ankara sees the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia as an extension of the separatist Kurdish PKK group that has battled the Turkish military since the 1980s, and is classified as a terrorist organization by the US, the European Union and Turkey. "But hereafter, we won't feel fear or concern", he said. The letter further said, "As part of the crimes committed by the Turkish army forces, including the ethnic cleansing policy, the properties of the citizens have been looted, their homes destroyed and many of them were detained".

Filming, in Turkey's northwestern province of Bursa, started a few weeks before the military campaign on Afrin was launched in January, he said.

A network of underground tunnels used by YPG/PKK terrorists against Turkish forces were discovered in Syria's Afrin region on Tuesday, according to Anadolu Agency reporters on the ground.

"Operation Olive Branch" is Turkey's second major military intervention in Syria since 2011.

However, Manning indicated that the US would not leave Manbij or abandon support for the SDF. Federica Mogherini told reporters in Brussels that global efforts in Syria should be aimed at "de-escalating the military activities and not escalating them".

But panic has already set in among Afrin's residents, majority Kurds, who fear Turkey will bring in loyalists and some of the 3 million Syrian refugees living inside its borders to repopulate the town. "After the attack on Afrin, she insisted on being sent there", Abdallah said.

"This adds to the already concerning humanitarian situation in the area, with United Nations agencies reporting a displaced population in or from Afrin district in the hundreds of thousands, who now require immediate shelter and other assistance to meet basic needs", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in an emailed statement on Monday.

Over 280 civilians have lost their lives since the offensive began, according to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

British fighter Jac Holmes, from Bournemouth in southern England, was killed in IS's de facto capital Raqa in October, just days after Kurdish-led forces ousted the militants from the city. Others were seen driving away with tractors and agriculture supplies.


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