UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — More than 7,500 Syrian Kurds who fled to Iraq after US “betrayal” and the “tragedy” of the Turkish military operation are deeply disappointed, calling on God to “avenge Trump and Erdogan.”
Since Turkey and its pro-Syrian factions began a military operation against the YPG on October 9 in northeastern Syria, the number of refugees has not increased.
Disenchantment seems to be high in Bardarash camp in Dohuk province in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, which has received over the past years displaced Iraqis who fled the rule of the Islamic State.
– “Dead on the streets” –
Turkish President Recep Tayyip “has pushed the FSA to attack us and closed its doors to us,” said a Kurdish displaced woman from the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain, who declined to be named.
“The international coalition suddenly betrayed us and left us alone,” she said.
“We can only say that God has counted us and yes, the agent,” she said, mourning her dark blue handkerchief. “We pray to God to avenge Trump and Erdogan for causing the tragedy of our people.”
Turkey, which fears Kurdish autonomy near its separatist border, wants to create a buffer zone of more than 440 km, the entire Kurdish-controlled border, to return a large chunk of its 3.6 million Syrian refugees.
In the first phase, the area will be limited to 120 kilometers, and extends from the city of Tal Abyad, which was controlled by Ankara in the beginning of the offensive to the town of Ras al-Ain, where the last Kurdish fighters withdrew on Sunday.
On Tuesday, Ankara expires a deadline set by Ankara for Kurdish fighters to complete their withdrawal from the buffer zone under a deal clinched by Washington.
The Turkish offensive was facilitated by the US military withdrawal from northeast Syria in a surprise decision by President Donald Trump that sparked US and international condemnation.
When US armored vehicles left Syria on Monday to enter a US military base in northern Iraq, the Kurds were greeted and greeted by Kurds on both sides of the border with tomatoes and insults.
The IDP itself says that the situation in Ras al-Ain is “tragic, the planes targeted our house, everyone came out, there are many dead in the streets and no one bury them.”
For his part, Mohammed Ali, who recently arrived from Qamishli with his five children, said that “Erdogan must be stopped unjust and tyrant alone,” calling on the “United Nations and the United States of great” to stop “sedition and evil, bombing and destruction.”
– “About 50,000 refugees” –
The arrival of Syrian Kurdish refugees continues through the informal al-Walid crossing between Syria and Iraq, which is controlled by Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
From there they are transported by bus to Bardarash camp in Dohuk governorate of the autonomous region.
“Most of those who were examined by our mental health team on their first day at the site showed signs of depression, sadness and anxiety,” says MSF project manager Marios Martinelli.
According to the Norwegian Refugee Council, the UN and aid agencies expect some 50,000 Syrians to cross into Syria in the coming months.
The director of the council’s Iraq office, Rishana Haneva, says they will not only “resort to fighting, but also to fear what will happen next.”
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