Three killed in YPG attack in northern Syria - Turkish defence ministry

Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia killed three people and wounded eight in a missile attack in northern Syria’s Tel Abyad region, where they were meant to have withdrawn from under a ceasefire agreement, the Turkish defence ministry said on Tuesday.

“The PKK/YPG who continued their harassments and attacks, and conducted bombings in the Operation Peace Spring area, have now targeted a school in Tel Abyad’s Curn village,” the ministry statement said.

“Three innocent civilians died and eight civilians, including children, were injured,” it added.

The statement arrives a day after Ankara threatened to launch a new offensive in northeast Syria if the area was not cleared of Kurdish militia.

Turkey on Oct. 9 launched a military incursion in northeast Syria targeting the  majority-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its main fighting force, the YPG, which Ankara sees as a national security threat due to their links to outlawed groups that have waged a decades-long insurgency in Turkey for Kurdish self-rule.

The operation came to a halt later in the month after Ankara reached an agreement with the United States followed by Russia for the removal of the SDF and the YPG from a 30 km deep strip of land in northern Syria.

 Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Monday said the United States and Russia had failed to comply with their respective agreements with Turkey regarding northern Syria and signalled a new offensive into the war-torn country.