KIEV. March 21. UNN. For the first time in 17 months, Turkey tested the position of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Kurdish region of northern Syria, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Saturday evening, March 20. , Reports UNN.
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The last such attacks were reported in October 2019, when Ankara launched Operation Peace in Syria against the People’s Defense Forces (OPG-Ed., Part of the SDF coalition). Ankara considers itself an ally of the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey and classifies YPG militants as terrorists.
As a result of the Turkish invasion, 120 km of the Turkish-Syrian border was captured. Turkey has announced plans to establish a security zone in northern Syria and resettle 2 million Syrian refugees. However, the area where the current airstrikes took place in 2019 was under the control of Kurdish organizations. Since 2016, Turkey has conducted three military operations against the YPG.
The SOHR says civil strife in Syria, which has been going on since 2011, has killed more than 388,000 people. UN An estimated 5.6 million Syrians have fled their homes and left the war zone.
On March 18, the Turkish Defense Ministry said that missiles had been fired from Syria. Fell in the southern Turkish province of Gliss.
Before that, at the beginning of the week, the Turkish Ministry of Defense Blamed on Syria In a missile attack on two settlements in the Ankara-controlled northern province of Aleppo, the Russian side was informed of the need to prevent such attacks.
According to the country’s Defense Ministry, these areas are part of the Turkish Armed Forces’ “Euphrates Shield” counter-terrorism operation.
The shelling was carried out with ballistic missiles and several barrel missile systems. The agency said civilians were injured as a result of the attack.