UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) — Anadolu news agency published footage of the first strikes by Turkish troops as part of Operation Source of Peace in northern Syria.
On the frames you can see the effects of shelling. You can also see Turkish planes flying on a mission.
The start of the operation was announced earlier by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to him, it is directed against the Workers’ Party of Kurdistan and the IS banned in Turkey.
Ankara said that the main objectives of the operation are to clear the border area of Kurdish militias, create a security zone and accommodate Syrian refugees. The Turkish leadership noted that there are about four million Syrians in the country, whom Ankara “cannot endlessly contain.”
The Center for Coordination and Military Operations of the Kurdish “Syrian Democratic Forces” reported that as a result of Turkish shelling, at least five people were killed and several more were injured.
According to the Syrian state television channel Ikhbariya , the Turkish army also attacked the cities of Darbasia, Malikia, Kamyshly in the province of Hasek and the cities of Tell Abyad and Ain Isa in the province of Raqqa. In addition, Turkish aircraft hit the power line, which supplies power to the Alluk water station, and the Saffan Dam north of Malikia.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, expressed his concern about what is happening. According to the deputy of his official representative Farhan Hack, any military operations must comply with the UN Charter and international humanitarian law.
The situation in the north of Syria will be discussed by the Security Council of the world organization.
Syrian authorities do not recognize the autonomous administration in the north-east of the country, which controls the territories east of the Euphrates River, and their military wing is SDF.
Negotiations between Damascus and the Kurdish administration yielded no results.
The Syrian leadership has repeatedly condemned the actions of Turkey in the north of the country.
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