Amid Nawruz Celebrations, Turkey Is Bombing a Kurdish City in Northern Syria

Published March 21st, 2021 - 07:07 GMT
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On March 21st, Kurds and other nations in the region celebrate the Nawruz, marking a new solar year. (Safin HAMED / AFP)

Despite 17 months of relative calm in Syria's Kurdish villages near the border with Turkey, press sources have revealed that the Kurdish village of Ain Issa has been stricken by Turkish forces for the first time last night.

In what seems to be a Turkish violation of the 2019 accords between Ankara, Washington, and Moscow, ending escalations in the region as Turkey continued to target the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) along its borders, Turkish air forces have bombed several targets in Ain Issa during the early hours of Sunday.

The strikes follow intense clashes between Turkish-backed militias and SDF near Ain Issa, which has led to a number of causalities, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

At a time Kurds and Persians around the world celebrate the beginning of the New Year's known as Nowruz, Turkey seems to be aggravating its crackdown against its Kurdish minority in addition to Kurdish fighters across its border with Syria, as Ankara regards Kurdish armed factions "terrorist groups."


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