BEIRUT, Oct. 9 (DPA / EP) –
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDS), which head the Syrian Kurdish militias, have declared three days of high alert on Wednesday before Turkey's impending offensive in northeastern Syria.
“As the threats and mobilization of the Turkish Army and its mercenaries increase … we call our people … to go to the border area with Turkey to fulfill their moral obligation and show resistance in these historically sensitive moments, “the SDS have claimed in a statement.
Turkey has sent reinforcements to its border posts with Syria in recent days. A convoy of more than 100 vehicles, with soldiers, weapons and construction material, is heading towards the Akcakale district in Sanliurfa, about 6 kilometers from the strategic Syrian border town of Tal Abyad, according to the state news agency Anatolia.
“The Turkish Army, together with the Syrian Free Army, will soon cross the border between Turkey and Syria,” said Fahrettin Altun, spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an article published in the 'Washington Post'.
On Monday, US troops began their withdrawal from northeastern Syria along the border with Turkey, paving the way for the Ankara raid, which considers Syrian Kurdish militias as a subsidiary of the PKK, a terrorist organization in the eyes from Turkey, the EU and the United States.
The gesture has been seen as a “stab in the back” by the SDS, which were a key element in the fight against the Islamic State and had so far been backed by Washington.
Thus, the SDS have also called on Kurds around the world to hold protests and sit-ins on Wednesday and have warned that the UN, the United States, the EU and Russia will be responsible for the “humanitarian disaster” in the north of Syria if the Turkish invasion occurs.