Ankara ought to attempt to chorus from utilizing “extreme” pressure in its army strikes on targets in Syria to keep away from escalating the state of affairs additional, a high Russian official mentioned on Tuesday.
Alexander Lavrentyev, the Russian president’s particular envoy on Syria, requested Türkiye to “present restraint in an effort to stop an escalation of tensions, not solely within the northern and northeastern areas of Syria, however all through all the territory,” in response to RIA information company.
He confused the significance of discovering a peaceable resolution to the “Kurdish subject” and acknowledged that Russia was prepared to work with all events. “We hope to persuade our Turkish companions to chorus from utilizing extreme pressure on Syrian territory,” he added.
The Russian envoy additionally famous that the “unlawful” presence of US troops in Syria was considerably hindering stability within the area. He urged that if Washington’s army contingent have been to withdraw from the northeastern a part of the nation, it might assist to calm the state of affairs.
Laverentyev’s feedback got here after Turkish warplanes carried out a sequence of strikes destroying 89 targets in Syria and Iraq on Sunday, which have been reportedly linked to the Kurdistan Employees Social gathering (PKK) and the YPG. Ankara considers these teams to be terrorist organizations and blames them for the November 13 bomb assault in Istanbul, which claimed the lives of six folks and wounded 81 extra.
On Monday, the Turkish army introduced that its artillery would additionally be a part of so-called ‘Operation Claw-Sword’ after Kurdish militants reportedly shelled the southeastern Turkish metropolis of Karkamis, killing three civilians. On Sunday, a Turkish border checkpoint within the southeastern Kilis Province additionally reportedly got here underneath rocket artillery fireplace, wounding eight Turkish safety personnel.
Türkiye claims to have “neutralized” some 184 “terrorists” to date. The Kurdish Rojava Info Heart reported 11 lifeless and 9 injured civilians, together with three Kurdish fighters and “heavy casualties” among the many Syrian Arab Military.
Aram Hanna, a spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has accused Türkiye of “warfare crimes” and mentioned its air pressure had carried out “double-tap” strikes, focusing on rescue employees arriving on the web site of the preliminary assault.
Whereas Ankara’s operation has but to see Turkish troops cross the Syrian or Iraqi borders, Erdogan has acknowledged that ‘Claw-Sword’ wouldn’t be restricted to only airstrikes.
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