YPG continues harassment fire near Turkey's safe zone operation area in N Syria

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 07.11.2019 00:25
Updated 07.11.2019 09:07
Turkish military vehicles arrive at the Turkish-Syrian border before a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeast Syria, Nov. 1, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)
Turkish military vehicles arrive at the Turkish-Syrian border before a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeast Syria, Nov. 1, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)

The PKK's Syrian offshoot the People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists continue to launch attacks on the front lines of Turkey's anti-terror operation zone, violating the deal commanding them to pull back 30 kilometers south of Turkey's border, according to Syrian National Army (SNA) sources.

SNA sources reported that YPG/PKK terrorists launching harassment attacks against SNA soldiers have been holding the front lines around the northern Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn districts.

The reports said terrorists recaptured Bir Isa and Kantari villages in northern Syria and opened harassment fire on SNA soldiers, who are patrolling and holding security operations to uphold peace in the region.

An earlier statement by the Turkish Ministry of National Defense confirmed that the YPG terror group carried out 11 attacks, mostly with the use of mortars and anti-tank missiles in the past 24 hours in the safe zone areas.

Operation Peace Spring was launched on Oct. 9 to eliminate terrorist YPG/PKK elements from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey's borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees and ensure Syria's territorial integrity.

Ankara agreed with Washington on Oct. 17 to pause its operation to allow YPG/PKK terrorists to withdraw from the planned safe zone.

On Oct. 22, Ankara and Moscow reached a deal under which YPG/PKK terrorists were to pull back 30 kilometers south of Turkey's border with Syria within 150 hours, and security forces from Turkey and Russia would mount joint patrols there.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union, has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the PKK's Syrian offshoot.

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