A YPG fighter stands near a wall constructed by Turkey on the border with the Kurdish enclave, Rojava, north of Syria. File Photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region –The YPG claimed they killed two Turkish soldiers and wounded others trying to cross the border near Kobane.
The Syrian Kurdish force said the Turkish forces tried to “transgress” the border near the village of Ashme, west of Kobane, in the early hours on Wednesday.
The YPG and the female YPJ responded in force that resulted in blowing up a military vehicle “full of ammunition that caused the death of two Turkish soldiers” and wounded an unspecified number of other soldiers, a YPG statement read.
Turkey has not immediately confirmed the incident or the casualties.
Turkish drones flew overhead during three hours of clashes, according to ANHA media. The YPG-affiliated outlet reported that Turkish forces want to invade and “annex” Kurdish territories on the Syrian side of the border in order to build a wall.
Turkish forces made a similar attempt to cross the border on Tuesday, sparking a brief confrontation, the YPG stated.
Turkey has constructed a wall along its border with Rojava, Syrian Kurdistan mainly to prevent movements of the YPG forces across the border. It considers the YPG and its umbrella organization, the US-backed SDF, as an extension to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and therefore a terrorist organization. YPG and SDF deny the charge.
Turkey has repeatedly said it will not allow the establishment of a “terror corridor” on its borders.
Kobane received worldwide attention when the YPG, with the support of the Peshmerga and the US-led Global Coalition, were able to defeat months-long siege by ISIS against the city in late 2014 and early 2015.