Kurdish demonstrators throw stones at a Russian-Turkish patrol in northeastern Syria

SYRIA (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Kurdish demonstrators on Friday threw stones at armored vehicles belonging to a Russian-Turkish patrol, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the patrol ran over one of them and killed him.

A number of Kurds gathered near the town of Maabadda near the border with Turkey, and threw the patrol with stones and shoes, according to two reporters told AFP at the scene.

One of the armored vehicles ran over a demonstrator and was taken to a hospital in the nearby city of Malikiyah (Derek) where “he died from internal bleeding,” according to the Syrian Observatory.

On October 9, Turkey launched an offensive in northern Syria to remove the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara classifies as a “terrorist” group, from its border.

Turkey suspended its offensive on October 23 after US mediation and an agreement with Russia that Moscow would facilitate the withdrawal of the YPG from an area 30 kilometers deep from the border with Turkey. It was also agreed to conduct joint patrols near the border, mainly excluding the city of Qamishli.

Turkey’s military presence in northeast Syria angered the Kurdish population.

The Turkish military operation has killed tens of civilians and displaced tens of thousands of people. After the attack, Turkey took control of a border area of ​​about 120 kilometers, from Tel Abyad to Ras al-Ain.

Ankara is seeking to create a “safe” zone to return a large part of its 3.6 million Syrian refugees.

With the Turkish attack against them, and after they felt that Washington had abandoned them in the face of Turkey, their historical enemy, the Kurds opened channels of communication with Damascus and its ally Russia, in which light of the deployment of regime forces at several border points.

Syria has been locked in a bloody conflict since 2011 that has killed more than 370,000 people and caused massive destruction, displacing more than half of the population inside and outside the country.

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