Kurdish forces accuse Turkey of shelling Al-Hol camp
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As Ankara continues its military operation against Kurdish forces in Syria, the latter accused the Turkish air force on Wednesday of having attacked the security forces protecting the Al-Hol camp, which houses 50,000 relatives of jihadists from the State group. Islamic.
According to a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF, dominated by Kurdish fighters), the Turkish air force carried out five strikes against Kurdish security forces inside Al-Hol camp. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), which has an extensive network of sources in the country, for its part reported that the attacks targeted positions of Kurdish forces outside the camp, “ wreaking havoc in this huge set of white plastic tents.
Therefore, some prisoners took advantage of these shelling to flee, reports our correspondent in Erbil, Theo Renaudon. A search operation in the area was underway on Wednesday night.
Under Kurdish administration, the dilapidated and overcrowded Al-Hol camp has been home to more than 50,000 relatives of Islamic State (IS) jihadists since the group’s defeat, as well as displaced Syrians and Iraqi refugees. Half of its occupants are under twelve years of age. Among the inhabitants of the camp there are more than 10,000 foreigners from some 60 countries, including French and other Europeans.
Despite repeated exhortations from the semi-autonomous Kurdish administration, most Western countries refuse to repatriate their citizens, contenting themselves with dropper repatriations for fear of possible terrorist acts on their soil.
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These attacks took place as Turkey continued on Wednesday. Operation Sword Claw launched on Sunday against the positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG). The Turkish government accuses these two movements – which they have denied – of having ordered the attack that killed six people and injured 81 on November 13 in Istanbul. ” Turkey has the means to search for and punish terrorists involved in attacks against (him) inside and outside its borders President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his AKP party group in the Assembly. Until then, he warned, “nWe will continue our air operations without interruption and will enter terrorist territory when we see fit. “.
The Head of State specified his priority objectives, citing the Syrian towns of Tal Rifaat, Manbij and Ayn al-Arab (Kobane in Kurdish), with a view to establishing a 30-kilometer-wide security zone south of its border.
(And with AFP)