DAMASCUS: Syria's foreign ministry on Monday slammed Turkey's takeover of Afrin, demanding it "immediately" pull its forces from the northwestern city. Ankara and allied rebel groups captured the city from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) on Sunday, after a two-month offensive on the broader Afrin region. The foreign ministry in Damascus sent two letters on Monday to the United Nations, protesting the capture as "illegitimate".
Syrian government demands Turkey withdraw from Afrin
Syrian President Bashar Assad’s Foreign Ministry sent two letters to the United Nations objecting to the Turkish capture of the Syrian town of Afrin, Saudi Arabian outlet Arab News said.
"Syria condemns the Turkish occupation of Afrin and the crimes it is committing there, and demands the invading forces immediately withdraw from the Syrian territory they occupied," the ministry said.
"Turkey's behaviour and attacks do not only threaten citizens and the unity of Syria's land and people, they also prolong the war on Syria.”
Turkish and Syrian government-backed militias have clashed in the region, where Turkey and its non-state Free Syrian Army allies have been battling Kurdish fighters since Jan. 20.
Dozens of Syrian government-allied fighters were killed in the engagement, Arab News said.