Syria writes to UN condemning Turkish troops’ incursion

Syria’s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry has strongly denounced Turkey’s recent attacks near the Syrian town of al-Bab, calling on the United Nations to assume its responsibilities and put an end to the violation of the Arab country’s sovereignty, Syria’s state-run SANA reported.

Two letters condemning the Turkish troops’ incursion into Syria, known as the Euphrates Shield operation, and their taking of some Syrian villages in their push to capture al-Bab, were addressed to the UN Secretary General and the president of the Security Council on Thursday.

The letters stated that international peace and security were threatened by the Turkish offensive.

The Ministry condemned Turkey’s aggression in Syria and their support of terrorism over the past 5 years by providing military and logistic support in Syria, and in Turkey by providing military training and helping foreign militants belonging to terrorist organisations cross into Syrian territory.

Turkey’s Euphrates Shield operation was launched, alongside several factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), on 25 August 2015. The operation, which has entered its sixth month, was launched to counter the Islamic State threat on the border and to prevent a ‘Kurdish corridor’ in the region according to Turkish officials.

The villages of Sora, Moran, Surja al-Saghira and Surja al-Kabira in east Aleppo were recently captured by the Syrian army and its allies, taking them closer to areas held by Turkish soldiers and several rebel groups Ankara is supporting.

Reports from various media outlets last week claimed that Turkey had agreed to withdraw from al-Bab leaving it to the Syrian army, who are approaching the town from the south. However, the Turkish government rejected these reports and said that they would continue their operations.