Syrian Kurds urge UNSC to react to Turkish airstrikes

Syrian Kurds on Tuesday called on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to express its opinion regarding Turkish airstrikes against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a representative body of the Rojava federal region in Russia said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, Turkish planes had attacked northeastern Syria near the town of Derik in the Karachok mountains. The airstrikes targeted a media centre, a local radio station and some military buildings, killing civilians and YPG members.

“The international community and the UN Security Council should have a position of their own, and express their opinion with regard to Turkey, which occupies and attacks foreign territories, and its actions,” the statement read.

The Kurds stressed that the Turkish attack proved Ankara’s concern about the situation in which “the allies of the Turkish state, the Islamic State terror group” were at the moment, as there were no PKK bases in Syria.

Turkey’s General Staff confirmed that an operation against Kurdish positions was conducted.

Ankara considers the YPG to be affiliated with the PKK, which is listed as a terror group in Turkey, the United States and the European Union. However, the PYD and the YPG, as well as the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been receiving support from the United States in fighting IS in northern Syria.