Turkey launches anti-Kurdish offensive in Syria, at least 31 dead

Nearly 25 airstrikes were carried out by the Turkish army in the Syrian provinces of Raqa and Hassaké (north-east) and Aleppo (north), killing at least 18 in the ranks of Kurdish forces, 12 dead in those of the Syrian regime as well as a civilian, and injuring 40 others according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), an NGO based in London and which has an extensive network of sources in Syria.

Raids carried out days after the PKK and the Washington-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) rejected Ankara’s accusations of responsibility and denied any link to the November 13 Istanbul bombing, which six dead and 81 injured.

“Kobane, the city that defeated the Islamic State, is the target of bombardments by the aviation of the Turkish occupation”announced Farhad Shami, a spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF, an armed coalition dominated by the Kurds), who had denied any link with the attack.

In a first comment on these strikes, the Syrian Ministry of Defense said for its part that “soldiers were killed” in “Turkish aggressions at dawn” in the provinces of Aleppo and Hassak√©.

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