SYRIA CONDEMNS TURKISH ATTACK ON KURDISH-HELD AFRIN ENCLAVE
The Syrian Foreign Ministry, condemned Turkish attack on Syria’s Afrin enclave, denying Turkish claims that Ankara informed Damascus about the attack, beforehand.
The “aggression constitutes the latest step in the Turkish aggression on Syrian sovereignty,” the ministry said, after the Turkish army carried out air strikes on the Kurdish positions in Afrin.
The ministry said, Afrin is part of the Syrian Arab Republic, urging the international community to take measures to stop the Turkish attack immediately.
Meanwhile, the ministry denied Turkish claims that Ankara informed Damascus about the attack beforehand, saying, the Turkish claims are part of a series of lies from the Turkish regime.
Earlier, three Turkish F-16 jets carried out 11 air strikes on Kurdish positions, on the outskirts of Afrin, marking the official beginning of the Turkish military campaign against the Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region.
The battle of Afrin has been long anticipated, as Turkey made clear that it was going to unleash an offensive, along with the Ankara-backed Syrian rebels, against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), in Afrin.
The United States, which heavily backs the Kurdish forces and see them as reliable allies in Syria, has urged Turkey not to fight the Kurds in Afrin, while the Syrian government has warned, it would shoot down any Turkish war plane fighting in Afrin.
Source: NAM News Networkhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/syria-condemns-turkish-attack-on-kurdish-held-afrin-enclave/General