Damascus: Syria’s prevalent Kurdish party on Wednesday called on the United Nation’s Security Council to act quickly and ensure the safety of Kurdish-controlled territories in the country’s north and east-western including an enclave that Turkey has threatened to attack.
The appeal comes after Turkish President Recep Erdogan declared that he will liftoff a military-led attack in the coming days against territories controlled by the prevalent Syrian Kurdish militia in eastern and northwestern Syria, particularly the provinces of Afrin, where an estimated 1 million people live.
Turkey considers Syrian Kurdish forces as a part of its own insurgents whom it calls as terrorists and who are battling within Turkey’s borders.
The Kurdish militia forming the backbone of the America-backed Syrian Democratic Forces now controls 25% of Syrian territory.It was the United States-led combined partner in the campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria.
Bekir Bozdag, the government spokesman, told reporters after a cabinet meet, the planned United States-backed force posed a threat to Turkey’s national security, territorial integrity and the safety of citizens.
Bekir said, ” we emphasize that such a step was unjust.” “Turkey has reached the limits of its patience. Nobody should expect Turkey to show more patience,” he further said.
Erdogan has threatened a probably military operation to “purge terror” from its border. Along with Afrin, Erdogan has threatened Manbij, a Kurdish-ruled town in north-eastern Syria.
If Turkey launches its military operation against Afrin, the world will have to take responsibility for the lives of the people in the province, the political arm of the Kurdish Democratic Union and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said.
Bashar Al Assad has accused the SDF of being “traitors” for working with the United States.
Turkish President, Erdogan on Monday accused the United States of creating an “army terror” in Syria along the borders with Turkey. He called on NATO to withstand against the United States, a fellow ally.