BEIRUT, Oct. 10 (DPA / EP) –
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDS), led by Syrian Kurdish militiamen of the Popular Protection Units (YPG), have said they have repelled an attempt by Turkish military forces and their Syrian rebel allies to enter the town of Ain Issa, in northern Syria
This Wednesday, Turkey launched the military offensive with which it intends to expel Syrian Kurdish militia from the territories they control in northern and northeastern Syria, after the United States announced that it is leaving the area.
The SDS, which have been the main ally of US military forces in the fight against Islamic State in northern Syria, dominate a wide swath of territory in northeastern Syria. According to Syrian Kurdish sources, the SDS militiamen have managed to “stop the advance of forces” from the offensive launched by Turkey and have caused “casualties in their ranks.”
The attempt to access the town of Ain Issa has come accompanied by a Turkish bombing on the periphery of the city, which is located just 35 kilometers from the city of Tel Abyad. Located in the province of Raqqa, in northern Syria, Tel Abyad was snatched by Kurdish militiamen from the Islamic State in June 2015.
The president of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman, has told the DPA news agency that the Turkish troops and their allies have not made any progress on the night from Wednesday to Thursday and have failed to enter any of the main cities that have the SDS under their control. In addition, it has indicated that there have been bombings in several areas on the outskirts of Tel Abyad.
Residents who have fled from this city have explained to DPA that some civilians who are still inside the city have not been able to leave it because they have been prevented by the SDS militiamen. “They want to use us as human shields,” said a resident who has asked to keep his identity anonymous.