Ankara bombs northern Syria again. 3 Turkish security forces are wounded
Ankara renewed today Bombing of northern SyriaAccording to the Kurdish news agency Hawar, new Turkish bombing raids were aimed at areas in the Syrian province of Aleppo on Sunday evening.
The agency said Turkey renewed its bombing of al-Shahba and Shara districts in Afrin canton.
In addition, 3 members of the Turkish security forces (one soldier and two police officers) were injured. As a result of a missile attack on the Turkish province of Kilis on the border with Syria.
The Turkish-Anatolian News Agency reported that the rocket hit an area near a border gate, but gave no further details.
These developments came afterwards The Syrian Democratic Forces sworewhich is run by Kurdish militants earlier responded to the airstrikes Ankara launched on its positions on Sunday.
And Turkey’s Defense Ministry announced earlier today that the Air Force carried out raids on Kurdish militia bases in northern Syria and northern Iraq, resulting in the destruction of 89 targets, following a bomb attack in Istanbul a week ago that killed six people.
A statement said the attacks targeted bases of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey considers a wing of the PKK.
It also showed that the attacks targeted Qandil, Asos and Hakurk in Iraq, and Kobani, Tal Refaat, Al-Jazeera and Derik in northern Syria.
It added that 89 targets were destroyed, including shelters, tunnels and ammunition depots, and that “the so-called leaders of the terrorist organization were among those neutralized.”
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces in the city of Hasakah (France Press archives)
11 civilians were killed
A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces said the Turkish attacks had destroyed infrastructure, including grain elevators, a power plant and a hospital. Farhad Shami, head of the SDF’s media center, wrote on Twitter that 11 civilians, including a journalist, had been killed.
The Syrian Democratic Forces vowed in a statement that “these attacks will not go unanswered.”
Responsible for the explosion in Istanbul
The Turkish government blamed Kurdish militants for the explosion that occurred on November 13 on Istiklal Street in Istanbul, killing 6 people and injuring more than 80. Neither party claimed responsibility for the explosion.
While the PKK and the Syrian Democratic Forces denied responsibility.
It is notable that Ankara has been conducting frequent airstrikes in northern Iraq and Syria as part of a long-running campaign against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been waging an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984. Turkey, the USA and the European Union classify them as a terrorist organization.
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