In a written statement, the Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM) criticised the Turkish government for escalating its attacks through drone strikes, targeting various locations in North East Syria along the border areas.
TEV-DEM (Tevgera Civaka Demokratîk in Kurdish) is an umbrella organisation in the autonomous region of North East Syria, also known as Rojava. TEV-DEM plays a significant role in governing and organising the region based on principles of democratic confederalism, grassroots democracy, and gender equality.
They expressed disappointment in the lack of interference or moral stance from the US-led Global Coalition, Russia, and the Astana group countries, and called on the people of the region to support the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Shahba (Şehba), who have been displaced from Afrin (Efrîn).
TEV-DEM highlighted the instability in the Shahba region due to the war declared by the Turkish state and its mercenaries. They expressed concerns about the silence of the Russian forces and the Damascus government regarding the Turkish attacks. The agreements organised by the Astana group were criticised for turning the Shahba region into a conflict zone, causing numerous casualties from Turkish incursions.
The bombing of Tal Rifaat Hospital was labelled as a brutal crime and massacre by TEV-DEM. The destruction of the hospital disrupted the lives of thousands of patients and led to their displacement. TEV-DEM emphasised that Tal Rifaat Hospital was the only facility providing medical services to the region, despite limited resources. The ongoing economic and social blockade, coupled with the daily bombardment by the Turkish state and its mercenaries, has severely impacted the lives of Kurdish and Arab families in the region, the statement said.
The organisation further criticised the United Nations and international organisations for their absence and failure to fulfil moral responsibilities towards the war and destruction in the Shahba region.
In a separate statement, the health body in Jazeera (Cizîrê), along with unions, medical professions, health committees, and the Kurdish Red Crescent, condemned the Turkish targeting of health centres in the region. They called on the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, and international coalition forces not to remain silent about these attacks.