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Turkish airstrikes against a Kurdish area, the first for 17 months


“These are the first air raids since Operation ‘Source of Peace'” launched in October 2019, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
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The Turkish air force carried out air strikes on Saturday evening March 20 against an area held by Kurdish militias in northern Syria, the first for 17 months, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) . Turkish fighter jets target Syrian Democratic Forces military positions [FDS, dominées par les kurdes] in the village of Saida, near the town of Ain Issa “, clarified the OSDH.

“These are the first air raids since Operation ‘Source of Peace'” launched in October 2019 by Turkey and allied Syrian groups against the SDF in northern Syria, said OSDH director Rami Abdel Rahmane. The operation, interrupted after two agreements negotiated by Ankara with Washington, then with Moscow, had enabled Ankara to seize a border strip 120 kilometers wide in Syrian territory and about thirty kilometers deep.

The town of Ain Issa and its surroundings, however, remained in the hands of Kurdish forces. These raids come as the fighting rages on the outskirts of this strategic locality, according to the OSDH. “Clashes have continued between the two camps for 24 hours (…) Turkish forces are struggling to advance while the SDF managed to destroy a Turkish tank”, has indicated Rami Abdel Rahmane.

The conflict in Syria, triggered in 2011 by the repression of pro-democracy protests by the Damascus regime, has grown in complexity over the years, involving several regional and international actors. The war has claimed more than 388,000 lives and displaced millions.



Source site www.francetvinfo.fr

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