Kurdish rebels have joined hands with the Syrian army to confront Turkey the military action ordered by Recep Tayyip Erdogan against the Kurds in northern Syria has resulted in 150 deaths, of which 50 are civilians and the rest Kurdish fighters. As many as 1,30,000 people have been displaced due to Turkish military operation. The United Nations Human Rights Office has warned that if the situation does not improve soon, there could be an exodus of 4 lakh people.
Kurdish deal with Syria
The Kurdish administration said on Sunday that they had reached an agreement with the Syrian army. Under the pact, the Syrian army will be deployed along the border regions to thwart further Turkish attacks.
Kurds dominate the Syrian border along Turkey. After the agreement between the Kurds and the Syrian National Army, the Syrian army has moved to the city of Ras-al-Ain.
Kurdish fighters have been part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the faction has been the US’s most reliable partner against the ISIS in Syria.
West except US morally supports Kurdish forces
Russia has played an instrumental role in negotiating a settlement between Syria and Kurdish rebels. Syrian President Basar al-Asad has been a reliable ally of Russia.
Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has appealed to Turkish President Erdogan to immediately stop his attacks in Syria. She has warned that the Turkish action can resurrect the ISIS terrorists in the area and they can reorganise themselves and become active again.
In protest against Turkish military action on the Kurds, Germany and France said on Saturday that they were stopping the supply of arms to Turkey. Germany and France are the largest suppliers of arms to Turkey.
— EU Council Press (@EUCouncilPress) October 14, 2019
When Turkey launched a military campaign against the Kurdish rebels in Syria, everyone expected the US to come forward to help the Kurds, but surprisingly the US refused to help the Kurds. The Kurdish fighters have otherwise been America’s trusted allies against the Islamic State in Syria.
India opposed to Turkish attacks
India has opposed the Turkish belligerence. India is likely to come up with stronger statements since Erdogan made a comment against India on Kashmir. India has said that the military action of Turkey is one-sided. Turkey’s action may weaken the fight against terrorism in Syria and the surrounding region, India holds.
India has said Turkey’s move is a matter of great concern for humanity and advised Ankara to respect the autonomy of Syria.
Turkey won’t relent
Western forces may have declared military sanctions against Turkey, but Ankara does not seem to be relenting. Erdogan has said that Turkey cannot be stopped by the ‘threat’ of a stop in the supply of weapons. In a television address, President Erdogan said, “When we started our operation, we faced many challenges. People who think they will silence Turkey on the strength of threats are completely wrong.”
On Saturday, Turkish-backed militants killed nine people, including a woman politician, in north-east Syria. The firing killed secretary-general of the pro-Kurdish Future Syria Party, Hevrin Khalaf who was 35-years old. The terrorists made her alight from her SUV and shot her dead.
Turkey has claimed that, through military operation, it has captured the city of Ras-al-Ain. Turkey claims this to be an important victory in Syria.
Massive demonstration against Turkey in Europe
Turkey’s military operation in Syria has been received with severe criticism in the West. In Paris on Saturday, a large number of people took to the streets and shouted slogans against Erdogan. As many as 20,000 people took to the streets in Paris and asked Turkey to stop the operation.
Turkey started its bombing operations against Kurdish rebels on 9 October, launching Operation Peace Spring. Turkish President Erdogan said in a tweet that the Turkish army had started the operation with the help of the Syrian National Army.
The Syrian National Army is a rebel group of Syria, which enjoys the support of Ankara. This attack happened days after US President Donald Trump‘s decision to withdraw US troops from North Syria.