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Syrian Kurds: Turkish Army 'Can't Stop Our Fight Against Terrorists'

Sputnik News

20:08 15.02.2016(updated 00:03 16.02.2016)

Tarık Ebuzeyt, commander of the Democratic Forces of Syria in the town of Azaz, spoke to Sputnik in an exclusive interview, where he talked about the recent attack by Turkish armed forces.

Against the background of the ongoing violent clashes between troops of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the fighters of the al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham in the northern province of Aleppo, Turkish armed forces continue to fire on positions held by Syrian Kurds near the village of Azaz.

Tarık Ebuzeyt said, "This morning, Turkey once again attacked the village of Der-e-Jemal, the region of Ming and an airbase, which are located in the (Kurdish) controlled territory in the Azaz area. As a result of this attack, two of our soldiers were injured but none were killed. In the area affected by the fire, a number of buildings were destroyed and heavy damage was done."

The commander further stated, "the attack by the Turkish armed forces will not stop us. In spite of everything, we will not stop our fight against terrorists. We will continue to fight until we cleanse the region from Daesh and similar terrorist groups," Ebuzeyt said.

On Saturday, Turkish forces began shelling the positions of the SDF-allied Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria's Aleppo Province.

Turkish forces bombed a village and an airbase that was recently captured by Kurds, al Mayadeen TV reported Saturday. Prior to being captured by the YPG, the village and the airbase had been occupied by the al-Nusra Front, a terrorist organization.

On Sunday, the Russian channel NTV reported, citing a military source, that Turkish forces have continued to shell YPG positions in Syria, killing two Kurdish fighters.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent a letter to UN chief Ban Ki-moon slamming Ankara over the shelling.

"The shelling of Syrian territory by Turkish heavy artillery is a direct support of terrorist groups and an attempt to boost their morale", the Syrian news agency SANA cited the statement as saying.

Syrian authorities have called on the UN to take measures to ensure security and "put an end to the crimes of the Turkish regime."

© Sputnik



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