On the evening of October 9, 2019, Turkish army forces launched a military assault targeting civil cities in the northeast of Syria, which is under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces allied with the international coalition forces to fight ISIS. This resulted in several casualties among unarmed civilians in the cities of Tall Abyad, Ras Al Ain and Qamishli. This attack was accompanied by the displacement of thousands of civilians from the targeted cities.
The Turkish army also targeted the Alok water pumping station in the countryside of Ras Al-Ain, which provides drinking water for several cities that have cut off drinking water from those cities, especially the city of Al-Hasakah, 80 km south of the Turkish-Syrian border.
This attack comes after spreading a state of intimidation that accompanied the mobilization of Turkish military forces backed by forces belonging to the Syrian armed opposition, which its leadership stated through social media and videos to targeting civilians from Kurds and Arabs during the expiatory speech to the civilians as they resided in an area controlled by the SDF.
Civilians and residents of northeastern Syria – Arabs, Kurds, Assyrians, Armenians, Christians, Yazidis, and Muslims exposed to the severe damage caused by the means of this aggression of aviation and heavy artillery and forces uncontrolled characterized by expiatory thought.
This aggression, despite the cooperation of the SDF in the implementation of the joint security mechanism agreed upon by the United States and Turkey and the withdrawal of SDF from the area identified by both sides and removal of all forms of military presence directly assisted in the recovery of the Islamic State (ISIS), where its cells carried out a suicide attack on the evening of October 8, 2019, targeting the center of the city of Raqqa, this threatens the return of this organization to its activities and will damage the recovery efforts of local authorities, civil society organizations and humanitarian organizations.
The decision of the President of the United States of America, which allowed Turkey to carry out this attack, paves the way for the destruction of civil peace in this region, which has enjoyed great stability over the past years after the decline of the Syrian regime and ISIS. It threatens the lives of more than 3 million civilians living in this area, and it threatens a humanitarian catastrophe that will affect not only the Kurds and natives of the region, but also about one million displaced people from areas of Syria that have witnessed military operations following the armed conflict between the Syrian opposition and the regime.
The Turkish claim that its desire to return Syrian refugees from Turkey to Syria does not require military aggression and the destruction of the region and displace the native population, the SDF has repeatedly expressed the welcome of the return of displaced Syrians and refugees from the region and no authority has the right to deprive Syrian citizens of returning to their lands and homes.
The Fraternity Foundation for human rights while condemning this Non-observance aggression of civilian life and stability of the region, it calls on the international community to implement international humanitarian law to protect civilians and to stop this aggression. The Fraternity Foundation for human rights emphasizes the need to use the logic of peace and dialogue and to prevent a repeat of the Afrin tragedy that has been documented by dozens of reports from international human rights organizations such as HRW AND Amnesty and others.
The Fraternity Foundation for human rights reiterates its call on the international community to protect the northeastern region from the expected destruction and the crime of demographic change that Turkey is preparing to implement and the subsequent destruction of security and civil peace.
Syria – Qamishli, 9 October, 2019