Syrian Kurds call on UN to stop Turkish assault
The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) has called on the UN Security Council to intervene as Turkish forces prepare to assault Afrin, a majority-Kurdish territory near the Turkish border in northwest Syria.
The PYD said that if the Security Council do not “act immediately” to prevent a Turkish attack, the world will bear the responsibility for civilian casualties, according to the Washington Post’s report on Tuesday.
The PYD is the political wing of armed Syrian Kurdish groups that Turkey considers to be attached to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, a group designated as terrorists in Turkey. Turkey’s threats to attack Afrin came after the USA announced they would set up a 30,000-strong border force in Syria, to be spearheaded by these groups.
Turkey has started shelling the outskirts of Afrin, and medical personnel are being retained near the border in anticipation of casualties in the coming operation, said the Washington Post.
Meanwhile, Syrian rebel groups aligned with Turkey are awaiting orders to participate in the offensive, the Post quoted Turkey’s Doğan News Agency as saying.