Türkei - Turkey Launches A Ground Offensive

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Türkei - The military operation in northern Syria:


Following attacks from the air, the  Türkei military in northern Syria has now launched its ground offensive. Activists in the region are already reporting several civilian deaths.

Shortly before 10 pm German time, the Ministry of Defense of Turkey announced the beginning of the ground offensive.

 Türkei soldiers had, as it was said in Ankara, crossed the border with Syria as part of Operation "Peace Spring".

 Türkei Air Force fighter jets had been in action for more than six hours. Among other things, they bombed targets in the areas of the cities of Tall Abyad and Ras al-Ain on the border with Turkey.

Artillery guns were also used. Later, the Department of Defense announced that 181 targets had been attacked until about midnight.

According to  Türkei, the military operation is directed against the Kurdish YPG militia. Ankara considers her to be a Syrian branch of the banned Kurdish Workers' Party PKK and thus a terrorist organization.

Reports on several civilian casualties:


On motorcycles, small trucks, but also on foot thousands of inhabitants fled from the attacked areas, some in panic.

"We saw tanks near our village," says a man on the outskirts of Tall Abyad. "Out of fear for our children we fled, like almost all villagers."

Most of the people fled south to regions still controlled by the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

However, according to Kurdish data, the Türkei Air Force is said to have bombarded targets located 50 kilometres inland.

The refugee agency UNHCR warned that "renewed:


The resources of the humanitarian actors in and around Syria in the ninth year of the war are already at the limit, said the UNHCR representative in Germany, Dominik Bartsch, the "world".

According to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 15 people have been killed so far.

Among the eight civilian casualties were two children, explained a spokesman. The other dead were fighters of the SDF. The Observatory also reported more than 40 casualties, including 13 civilians.

Support by Ankara-loyal militias:


The Türkei attackers are supported on the ground by militias of the so-called Syrian National Army. It was founded in 2017 on the initiative of Turkey.

They include Ankara-loyal rebel groups and radical militias. The Kurds are determined to resist, Ahmad Moussa of the SDF Alliance said at a rally in Al-Hassaka.

Türkei will not be attacked, but if it occupies northern Syrian territory, then you have the right to self-defence to the last drop of blood.

The European Union and the United Nations should do something about the Türkei attack. Those who do not support the offensive of Turkey.

IS fighters could escape:


Another SDF spokesman said on Twitter that the Türkei army had shot at a jail in which, so to speak, the "most dangerous jihadists" were imprisoned by the so-called "Islamic State".

In camps in northeastern Syria, the Kurds are holding around 6,000 IS fighters. Together with relatives and IS sympathizers, it should be up to 100,000 people

who - it is feared - could escape from the camps to freedom if the Kurds and their SDF allies now fight against the Turks, instead of guarding the extremists ,

Europeans apply for meeting of the World Security Council:


The UN Security Council wants to speak today behind closed doors about the Türkei offensive, as UN diplomatic circles have said.

The five European member states of the Council - Germany, France, Great Britain, Belgium and Poland - had requested the meeting.

It will take place following a morning (New York time) consultation on Colombia, said diplomats who did not want to be named.

According to the Arab League, foreign ministers from the region are planning a meeting for Saturday.

They would talk about the Türkei military operation in Cairo, said Hossam Saki, deputy general secretary of the Pan-Arab organization.

Earlier, Egypt had suggested a meeting to talk about "aggression" against Syria's sovereignty.

Erdogan gets in touch via Twitter:


SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali spoke of a "great panic" in the region triggered by Türkei airstrikes on "civilian areas" in northern Syria. In Tal Abjad, the SDF had fended off a Turkish ground attack.

In the run-up to the attack, the SDF had warned of a "humanitarian catastrophe". According to a resident of Tal Abjad, with his wife and mother in front of the B

Erdogan gets in touch via Twitter:


SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali spoke of a "great panic" in the region triggered by Türkei airstrikes on "civilian areas" in northern Syria.

In Tal Abjad, the SDF had fended off a Turkish ground attack. In the run-up to the attack, the SDF had warned of a "humanitarian catastrophe".

According to a resident of Tal Abjad, who fled with his wife and mother in front of the bombing in the direction of Rakka, the road there was full of vehicles and families who fled partly on foot.

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