A war monitor said on Thursday that Turkey has increased its drone assaults on Kurdish-held territories of northern and northeastern Syria this week, which resulted in the deaths of 16 individuals, including one civilian, in a single day.
The majority of the attacks were directed towards Kurdish-held districts in Tal Rifaat and Manbij in the north of the nation, close to the Turkish border. Ankara has regularly threatened to invade these regions.
According to Rami Abdel Rahman, the president of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, “Turkey has significantly escalated its drone strikes since the start of the week,” with 16 people killed on Wednesday alone.
In the meantime, the Turkish Ministry of Defense said that its forces had “neutralized 16 terrorists” and “destroyed terrorist targets,” both of which were references to Kurdish-led fighters.
The Britain-based Observatory said that “a Turkish drone targeted a military vehicle” in the province of Hasakeh, which is administered by a semi-autonomous Kurdish government. The incident resulted in the deaths of four fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are commanded by the Kurds.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is supported by the United States, is the de facto army of the Kurdish government. Its forces led the charge against the Islamic State group in Syria, evicting it from its last foothold in the nation in 2019.
A statement issued by the Manbij Military Council revealed that Turkish drone strikes in the Aleppo region in northern Syria had resulted in the deaths of six fighters from the Manbij Military Council, which is connected with the SDF.
According to the information provided by the Observatory, four people were murdered while attempting to take children who had been wounded in a ground attack to a hospital.
According to the Observatory, which depends on a large network of informants on the ground in Syria, one civilian who worked for the Kurdish government was also killed in a hit in the Manbij region.
According to the war monitor, five Syrian troops were killed as a result of “a Turkish drone strike on a regime military position” in the enclave of Tal Rifaat, which is held by the Kurds for the most part.
The enclave is bordered to the north by Turkish-controlled territory and to the south by territory held by the government.
The incident was not immediately reported by the state-run media in Syria.
Ankara has carried out a series of military offensives in Syria, the majority of which were directed at Kurdish terrorists whom Ankara associates with a group that has been waging a rebellion against the Turkish state for several decades.
Kurdish authorities and the Observatory said at the time that Turkey had increased its fatal drone strikes in Kurdish-controlled areas of Syria after a conference in July 2022 with Iran and Russia failed to provide Ankara with the go-ahead for a new push, namely on Tal Rifaat and Manbij.
Since the harsh suppression of peaceful uprisings in 2011 led to the outbreak of war in Syria, the conflict has resulted in the deaths of over 500,000 people and the displacement of millions more. It has also attracted the involvement of international forces and global jihadists.