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YPG and Turkey clash in northern Syria

By Rudaw 27/8/2016
A Turkish army tank drives into Jarablus on Thursday. Photo: AFP
A Turkish army tank drives into Jarablus on Thursday. Photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Kurdish and Turkish forces have reportedly clashed in several locations in northern Syria and Rojava and there are reports of civilian casualties from Turkish shelling and airstrikes. 

The Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) reported on Twitter Saturday morning that civilians had been killed and injured in Turkish airstrikes and shelling south of Jarablus. 

The Jarablus Military Council, formed by the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) confirmed the airstrikes in a statement, calling it “a dangerous escalation that threatens the fate of the region.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that YPG and Turkish forces had clashed both in Afrin, the western-most canton of the Kurdish Rojava in northern Syria, and north of Hasakah, close to Syria’s border with Iraq. 

The Observatory on Saturday morning said there was “an exchange of gunfire between YPG and the Turkish forces” in the countryside north of Hasakah, in the triangle of land between the Turkish and Iraqi borders. It is unclear if Turkish forces were on Syrian territory or had fired across the border.

On Friday, the Observatory reported that Turkish forces used heavy machinegun fire in the Afrin countryside, an area under control of the YPG. 

They did not report any casualties in either incident.

Turkey crossed into Syria on Wednesday as part of an offensive with the Free Syrian Army to rout Islamic State (ISIS) militants from the town of Jarablus and eliminate “terrorists” on its border, referring to both ISIS and the YPG. Turkish border towns have been repeatedly shelled by ISIS in northern Syria. 

Both Syria and Iran consider the move a violation of Syrian sovereignty and have asked Turkey to respect international principles and laws.

Colonel Ahmad Osman, a commander of the Sultan Murad, one of the Syrian rebel groups who participated in the Jarablus operation, told Reuters on Friday that their forces were moving west from Jarablus toward Marea, about 70 kilometres away. 

“Liberating these villages between Jarablus and Marea requires weeks and perhaps months, according to the nature of the battles,” Osman said. 

He added that they did not want to fight the Kurdish forces but would do so if necessary. 


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Forked tongue | 27/8/2016
The Ottoman ISLAMIST bastards will stop at nothing to deny the Kurdish state.
HATE TURKEY | 27/8/2016
I am so mad with Turkeys BS Time for the USA and NATO to open there eyes and get a backbone. KURDS r more of a friend then Turks
The Kurdish Boy | 27/8/2016
The coward and trecherous America had betrayed the brave Kurds.this bettayal happened just after the hea y defeats the.Kurds inflicted on the Jihadist who.cut American throatd.America had just shifted side and bowed to Turkey who is notoriosly.supporting the Jihad.America has left the Kurds other option than to wish that America sinks in blood and destruction.
guest worker | 27/8/2016
A dangerous escalation, but we're proud of pur lions in Rojava who despite being outnumbered and outgunned by Turkey and all the jihadi scum hold there ground and defend sacred Kurdish land. If they're going to take on Turkey please do it properly, send a delegation to Basur and Rojhalat, there are 12 thousend heavily armed Peshmerga from Rojava waiting for the green light from Saleh Muslim, all other forces in Rojahalat will also come like they did for Kobani! All PKK needs ro do is reach out and ask!. The other forces canl keep the Turkish army busy in Rojava as PKK itself raises havoc inside Turkey.
Dyar | 27/8/2016
iranian and turkish trolls here on rudaw need to calm down their america bashing, we will not stop our partnership so eat your hearts out

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