At least 31 dead in raids launched Saturday night by Turkey

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 the north of the Syria, according to a latest assessment provided Sunday by an NGO. The Kurdish autonomous authorities for their part reported at least 29 dead: 11 civilians, 15 pro-regime fighters, two silo guards and a Kurdish fighter.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), which has an extensive network of sources in Syria, has not been able to confirm the death of civilians. He reported a series of airstrikes carried out on Saturday evening and before dawn on Sunday by the Turkish army in the provinces of Raqa and Hassaké andAleppo, which claimed the lives of 18 Kurdish fighters and members of local allied forces and 12 Syrian soldiers, said the OSDH, which has a vast network of sources in Syria. There were 40 injured.

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L’NGO also reported the death of a journalist, Issam Abdallah, Syrian correspondent for a Kurdish news agency. The official Syrian agency Sana confirmed the death of several Syrian soldiers, without specifying the number. The strikes 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 Syrians. Kurds.

Turkey has announced the launch of this air operation in northern neighboring Iraq and Syria targeting several areas under the control of Syrian Kurdish forces and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), accused by Ankara of the attack that killed six people in Istanbul November 13. The Turkish operation, dubbed “Sword Claw”, aims to “eliminate terrorist attacks from northernIraq and Syria, to ensure border security and eliminate terrorism at its source,” the Turkish Defense Ministry said.

The 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 with force and efficiency,” the FDS reacted in a press release.

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