Clashes continue around the town of Ain Issa in north east Syria. In recent weeks, fighting has intensified with Turkish-backed militias carrying out military assaults targeting Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The clashes have forced thousands of civilians in Ain Issa to flee.
A new large-scale Turkish offensive in the area especially targeting Ain Issa is expected as the Turkish army has been continuously bombing northeast Syria in that area for two months now.
Ain Issa has great strategic importance and is located on the strategic M4 international highway that connects northeast Syria to the western part of the country. People in the region continue to react to the attacks, they want these attacks to end as soon as possible. ‘Russia is a partner of the Turkish military assault and it paves the way for the Turkish army to seize the region,” said Muna El Xelef, the Chair of the Syrian National Democratic Solidarity Party’s Women Affairs.
Speaking to Hawar News Agency (ANHA) on the issue, Syrian Democratic National Solidarity Party’s El Xelef said that the Turkish army’s main aim is the invasion and occupation of Ain Issa whilst the SDF responds to the political and military needs of the society, and responds to all attacks.
‘They are trying to destroy the democratic nation project’
“SDF consists of all segments of all peoples of the region and they have fought against ISIS. The Autonomous Administration has solved the problems of the people in the region. However, some regional and international powers have beein trying to violate the democratic nation project for their own interests,” Xelef said.
With regard to the Turkish military assault, Xelef stated that there is no security left in the region due to these attacks and that civilians have been forced to migrate. “Since it is the bridge that connects the Eastern and Western Euphrates regions and all the Autonomous Administration regions, the Turkish army wants to occupy the Ain Issa town to separate the regions from each other,” she stated.
“Russia does not want a solution”
Stating that Russia, which is the guarantor country, is a partner in the war crimes of the Turkish army attacks, Xelef noted, “Russia should stop being a part of these war crimes and it should act in accordance with its guarantor power. Russia does not support a solution based on dialogue between the peoples of Syria, because it does not want the conflict to end. It also prevents the Damascus government from meeting with the opposition. All this shows that Russia wants a deadlock in Syria.”