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Syria takes Turkish shelling of Kurds to the UN

By Rudaw 15/2/2016
Syrian government forces monitor a village near Aleppo. Photo: AFP
Syrian government forces monitor a village near Aleppo. Photo: AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Syrian government has condemned the shelling of Kurdish forces along the border, describing the action as a violation of its sovereignty.

Damascus called on the UN Security Council to take action against Turkey, saying in a letter: "Turkish artillery shelling of Syrian territory constitutes direct support to the armed terrorist organizations,”

Turkish artillery shelled Kurdish forces advancing north of Aleppo for the second day on Sunday.

Syria’s letter to the UN accused Turkey of allowing "Turkish soldiers or Turkish mercenaries" numbering 100 to cross into Syria,” saying it “will maintain its legitimate right to respond to the Turkish crimes and attacks and to claim compensation for the damage caused.”

But the United States and others back the Kurdish militia in Syria, the YPG, in its fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.

Syria has accused Turkey of violating its sovereignty by backing "al-Qaeda-linked terrorists" in the north and has warned it has a right to respond.

Turkey demands that Kurdish forces of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) pull back from territory they have captured in the last few days near Azaz, but the YPG refuses to abandon their gains, arguing that Islamist forces will retake the area.

On Sunday Washington and Paris urged Turkey to stop shelling Syrian Kurds whom they find an ally against the Islamic State (ISIS).

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Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 15/2/2016
Soon Turkey will see that all the years they tried to change the identity of the Kurds have been wasted the Kurds are far more powerful to be changed than they thought ,soon we will ask the UN for all our lands that have been occupied by the terrorist state of Turkey . we are not Turks or Arab we are Kurds ,we want our lands back ,is this too much to understand ?
Forked tongue | 15/2/2016
Back-off quick smart Turkey. You have lost face and you should go with your tail between your legs like a whimpering DOG and accept you no longer have a say in the Middle East. "The Ottomans are dead, long live the Ottomans." This is your requiem.
Pieter | 15/2/2016
Turkey is declaring war to Syria by atacking the nearby city's ill say drop some bombs on erdogans palace end bring back turkey inside its borders
fermin | 15/2/2016
The Russians know that the best way to punish Turkey is to keep supporting and arming Kurds, and that's precisely what they're going to do. It's common knowledge that the Turks greatest weakness is their total and utter paranoia when it comes to all things Kurdish. The Iranians have been very successful in exploiting this weakness. Both Assad and the Iraqi government are also currently using the Kurdish card against Turkey by supporting the PKK. The Kurdish issue will always be the achilles heel of Turkey.
Flaminco | 15/2/2016
The stupid Turkish public might think their military has defeated the PKK. Like in the past, every year they would declare victory against PKK, the PKK is just warming up. All they've done by killing hundreds of civilians is make sure PKK has thousands of new recruits.

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