October 30, 2019

Thousands of civilians flee Turkish attacks despite ceasefire deal

Source: Kurdistan 24

Journalist: Wladimir Van Wilgenburg

Heavy attacks on Wednesday by Turkish-backed groups near Dirbasiya and Til Tamr displaced thousands of civilians despite the Russian-Turkish ceasefire agreed to last week.

“There is a cease-fire agreement in place, which requires SDF [Syrian Democratic Forces] to withdraw and Turkish army to stop aggression,” Mustafa Bali, the head of SDF’s press office tweeted.

The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) reported thousands of civilians had fled toward Hasakah city amid ongoing Turkish attacks. “The Villages of Dirbasiya and Til Tamr are still being heavily attacked, even the ones in which we handed over positions to SAA [Syrian Arab Army],” Bali added.

Yesterday, the Syrian army sent more forces to Dirbasiya and Kobani to fill the vacuum left behind after the withdrawal of the SDF from the border.

Read the full story and more in Kurdistan 24.


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    Former Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focused on the analysis of complex...