Kurdish politician among 9 civilians killed by Turkey-backed rebels - monitor

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 13, 2019

The Turkish National Defence Ministry said Saturday that at least 415 PKK/PYD-YPG militants were neutralised during the Operation Peace Spring in northeast Syria.

The death toll among Syrian Kurdish-led fighters has risen to 74, most of whom have been killed in the Tel Abyad area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the observatory said that 27 villages have so far fallen to the Turkish forces and their allied Syrian rebels in northern Syria.

US troops near the northern Syrian border came under artillery fire from Turkish forces, although no injuries were reported, the US Department of Defense said Friday.

"[.] That was a lie that was spun by the YPG", she said, referring to the largely Kurdish militia that forms the bulk of the USA -backed Syrian Democratic forces.

Erdogan said on October 11 that Turkey won't stop until the YPG withdraw below a 32 kilometer deep line.

Five IS members also escaped from a prison in Qamishli amid Turkish shelling on Friday, the SDF said.

Stating that every kind of measure was being taken in order not to harm the USA base, it said "fire was halted as a precautionary measure when the US conveyed its concerns".

During the capture of Ras al-Ayn's residential center, an Associated Press journalist across the border heard sporadic clashes as Turkish howitzers struck the town and Turkish jets screeched overhead.

Washington said Turkey's incursion was causing "great harm" in relations with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the European Union - has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

It wants a 30 kilometre wide buffer zone along the border, which can also serve as an area to repatriate millions of Syrian refugees now living in Turkey.

Members of The American Rojava Center for Democracy, an organization that advocates for freedom, democracy, and peace in Syria, take part with other activists in a rally to protest Turkey's incursion into Kurdish-controlled northeast Syria and urge USA action against Turkey, outside the White House in Washington, U.S, October 12, 2019.

Erdogan has threatened to send them to Europe if the European Union does not back his assault.

Although the U.S. has withdrawn the majority of its forces from the Syrian-Turkish border, a small number of troops remain.

Khalaf had been returning from a meeting in Hasaka at the time of the attack in which her driver and an aide were also killed, said Hussein Omar, the Future Syria Party's coordinator in Europe.

Aid groups have warned of yet another humanitarian disaster in Syria's eight-year-old war if the offensive is not stopped.

Upwards of 100 women affiliated with ISIS also started a major disruption at the Al-Hol camp near the Iraqi border-setting tents ablaze and attacking security guards with sticks and stones-and video footage of the incident showed roughly 20 women running through an open field in an attempt to flee.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has told his Turkish counterpart they should de-escalate the conflict before the situation becomes "irreparable".

Turkey is fighting them, claiming they are a terrorist organisation.

The Turkish offensive began after Trump ordered U.S. troops to pull back from the border and he stands accused of giving it a green light.

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