The ongoing Turkish aggression against the Kurdish-controlled north-east of Syria directly threatens stability and has created a humanitarian crisis in an area where five million people live, including those displaced from different parts of the war-torn country, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) has said.
In a statement on Friday, the AANES condemned Turkey’s ongoing military aggression, calling it the continuation of a “genocidal policy” against Kurdish-led regions.
Drawing attention to the negative impact on the life services and living conditions of the population, the Administration called on the international forces to take a transparent and deterrent position against the Turkish aggression.
The AANES argued that the aggressive attacks are pushing the region towards difficult challenges, including “chaos and terrorism” – outcomes allegedly desired by Turkey.
It called for urgent and decisive global action to prevent further aggression and to hold those responsible for the killing of civilians accountable under international criminal law.
The statement comes in the wake of a series of Turkish attacks throughout the week, amid what the AANES describes as Turkey’s attempts to divert public attention from internal issues.
Three drone strikes took place in Qamishli (Qamişlo) province on Wednesday, one of which targeted a service facility, according to Hawar news agency (ANHA). The civilian toll rose on Thursday, with the administration of the Jazira (Cizîr) region confirming two deaths and five injuries from Turkish strikes.
Another attack in the town of Amuda in Hasakah (Hesekê) seriously injured three civilians on Thursday, and a Turkish drone targeted olive pickers in the village of Manbij (Minbic) on Friday, injuring one civilian.
Turkish attacks on the region began to escalate with a military campaign in October that targeted civilian infrastructure.
The population of northern Syria suffered more than 580 air and ground attacks by Turkish forces between 5 and 9 October. During this five-day period, Turkey’s attacks killed 44 people, including two children, and wounded 55 others, according to the region’s Kurdish-led administration.