(ARA News) Syrian Kurdish officials have expressed worries that the Turkish army will attack either Afrin or Tal Rifaat in northern Syria with silent support from the Syrian government and Russia. They are calling on the international community to save Afrin that hosts thousands of IDPs (internally displaced people).
“The people are afraid of a huge attack from Turkey and the Syrian Islamists on Afrin and the Shahba region with support from Russia, the Syrian regime and Iran,” Dr Kamal Sido, a consultant for ‘the Society for Threatened Peoples’ (STP), told ARA News.
“The occupation of the Shahba [northern Aleppo] by Turkey could worsen the humanitarian situation in Efrin [Afrin]. The United States should not stay neutral. US president Trump should support the people in Efrin,” he added.
Jihad Abdo, a local journalist in Afrin, told ARA News that there is currently an ‘embargo’ on Afrin district by Turkey, the Syrian rebels, the Syrian government and Al-Qaeda. “All roads leading to Afrin are blocked,” he said.
Although the Syrian government and Russia may not directly support the Turkish offensive, the Syrian Kurds are worried that Russia could allow Turkey to attack the Kurds in Afrin, after clashes between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the pro-Syrian government forces near Raqqa last week.
Moreover, the US-led coalition downed a Syrian jet last week.
In the past, Russia has defended the Syrian Kurds in Afrin from attacks by Turkish-backed rebels.
The co-head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Salih Musim, has warned about an Iranian-Qatari-Turkish alliance to undermine the Kurds in northern Syria.
“We have no relations with Iran, and Iran’s policy is no different from that of the Syrian regime on the Kurdish issue, which is hostile to the Kurds’ fundamental rights,” he told the Saudi Riyadh news site.
Source: ARA News