BEIRUT, Oct. 13 (Reuters / EP) –
At least nine people have died – including five civilians – in a bombing of Turkish aviation in the town of Ras al Ain, located on the border between Syria and Turkey, as reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The director of the Observatory, Rami Abdulrahman, explained that the bombing was against a concentration of civilians who arrived in Rasal Ain from Qamishli to show their support for Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish-Arab militias of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDS).
An SDS spokesman has confirmed that “a civil convoy” has been attacked, although it has not specified whether there are victims of this attack or if there are militiamen among them.
Turkey has launched its attack on the SDS after receiving the “approval” of US President Donald Trump, who has withdrawn US troops fighting alongside the SDS against the remains of the Islamic State in the region.
The SDS are the armed forces of the self-proclaimed Democratic Federation of North Syria, which controls northeastern Syria after eight years of civil war in the country. The backbone of the SDS is the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG), considered by Turkey as a terrorist organization related to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
Until now the presence of the SDS had been tolerated by the Government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, focused on ending the last stronghold of rebels supported by Turkey and other Arab countries in the north of the country.