South East Turkey’s Shangle Urfa Province suffered a rocket attack last night from a region controlled by the Kudish militia group in Syria, resulting in a rocket including a child. The man was injured and the Turkish military launched a counterattack with artillery.
The exact launch location of the rocket is temporarily uncertain. TRT World reported that the office of the governor of Sanliurfa said in a statement that one of the two rockets fell in the middle of Ceylanpinar yesterday night. After the house, the authorities took large-scale security measures and launched investigations.
The Turkish Ministry of Defence pointed out that the military launched a counterattack against multiple locations with strict artillery and stressed that the move was of a defensive nature. “This response has destroyed seven targets in Syria.”
Most of the northern and eastern parts of Syria are controlled by the military alliance Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The SDF is led by the Kurdish militia group, the People’s Defence Force (YPG), and is supported by the United States. Turkey believes that YPG is a branch of the terrorist organization Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). The PKK has continued to confront the Turkish authorities since 1984 and has killed more than 40,000 people, including civilians.
Washington’s issue on the Kurdish militia was different from that of Ankara, causing friction between the two sides.
The Ankara authorities have cross-borderly entered Syria to carry out two military operations, codenamed Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Olive Branch, to ward off YPG and are trying to persuade Washington to establish in Syria. A safety zone of about 32 kilometers in depth allowed YPG to withdraw from this buffer zone.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said yesterday that if Turkey could continue to be threatened if the proposed safe zone could not be established, Ankara would launch military operations on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River.
At the same time, Syrian Special Representative of the United States, James Jeffrey, visited Ankara for two days on the 22nd. After meeting with Jefferies, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar pointed out that the safety zone on the east bank of the Euphrates River should be established under the coordination of the soil and the United States.
The Turkish Ministry of Defence announced after yesterday’s meeting that officials of both sides agreed that the military delegations of the two countries will start joint operations on the establishment of a safe zone today.