Residents of northern Syria fear another Turkish military operation

30.11.2020, Damascus.

The residents of the Syrian city of Ayn Issa expressed concern on November 30 regarding the beginning of the Turkish military operation in northern Syria, a source of the Rossa Primavera News Agency reports.

According to the source, many residents of Ayn Issa continue to leave the city as the tension in the region grows due to fears of a Turkish military operation in the region.

The source reports that hostilities between the pro-Turkish terrorists of Al-Jaysh Al-Watani (organization banned in Russia) and Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces resumed near Ayn Issa, with both sides widely using artillery support. In particular, on November 30 the Turkish military and the pro-Turkish terrorists made an artillery strike on the village of Mualaqqa to the west of Ayn Issa in the northern part of the Syrian province of Raqqa.

Both sides have casualties and wounded in the hostilities.

Background

On October 9, 2019, Turkey started Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria to the east of the Euphrates River against the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). According to Ankara, the operation aimed at displacing the Kurds from a 30 to 40 km buffer zone along the entire Syrian-Turkish border to the east of the Euphrates River to be followed by moving Syrian refugees, who had fled to the Turkish territory from the hostilities, to this area.

As strike units, Turkey used Syrian opposition groups controlled by Ankara. Turkish military commanded these militants, and the Turkish army supported them with artillery and air force. The groups remained on the territories occupied in the operation.

At talks in Sochi on October 22, 2019 Russia and Turkey reached a ceasefire agreement. However, the pro-Turkish militants have repeatedly violated it, shelling the positions of the Kurds in the provinces of Raqqa and Al-Hasakah. SDF often fires back. Therefore, the situation in the Operation Peace Spring zone is far from peaceful.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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