The Turkish state and its mercenaries have increased their attacks against Ain Issa, a strategic area in North East Syria. Assaults against Manbij (Minbiç) Shahba (Şehba), Tell Tamer (Tıl Temir) and Zirgan also continue. Intellectuals from Manbij reacted against the attacks, stating that Turkey’s main goal was to change the demographic structure of the region.
‘The aim is demographic change’
According to ANHA’s report, Manbij Intellectuals Union co-chair Ahmet El Yusuf said that Turkey, which aims to change the demographic structure of the region, attacks Ain Issa in an attempt to separate regions from each other in North East Syria.
Condemning Russia’s part in the ceasefire agreement, Yusuf said, “Keeping silent on the attacks, Russia is trying to put pressure on the Autonomous Administration to hand over the regions it controls to the Damascus government. However, people of the region are insurgent and they will not hand over their lands to invaders”.
‘International community should take action’
Rula Osman, another member of the Manbij Intellectuals Union, pointed out that the main goal of Turkey in the region was to carry out a massacre. On Russia’s silence, Rula said, “There is an agreement between Russia and Turkey. The aim of the agreement is to put pressure on the Autonomous Administration and force them to make concessions to the Damascus government. Thus, the Autonomous Administration will be gradually isolated in the international arena. There is a danger of a massacre due to the attacks in Ain Issa. Women and children are in danger. The international community should take action against the Turkish state’s attacks”.
The assaults began on 18 December when Turkish-backed armed groups attacked the village of Mişêrifê in northeastern Syria. According to local information, the violent clashes that started then are still ongoing.
Toxar village in Manbij, Tell Tamer, and Zirgan are among the places that have so far been subjected to attacks. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have stated several times that they would resist attacks by using legitimate defensive tactics.