Turkish Army shells Villages in Manbij, northern Syria

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces patrolling Hasakah, Syria, January 25, 2022. (Photo: AP via New York Times)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Turkish army bombarded the Villages around Manbij city, northern Syria, controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said the military council of the city on Monday.

The military council of Manbij announced, that the Turkish army has shelled the residential villages around the city with forty-two mortars, for the second day in a row, Authorities still have no clue about the scale of the victims and material damages.

The military council also said Turkey endangers the civilian lives’ by carrying such hostility because it targets residential districts.

Despite the concerns from the U.S. and the Syrian government, Turkey has intensified its offensive in northern Syria against the Kurdish groups, in particular in the areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and People’s Protection Units (YPG).

On May 23, Erdogan said Turkey would launch a cross-border operation against the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a “terrorist group” linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Ankara has conducted three incursions into northern Syria since 2016, seizing hundreds of kilometers of land and pushing some 30 km deep into the country, in operations targeting mainly the U.S.-backed People’s Protection Units (YPG).

It has also stepped up military operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq in recent years.


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