11:01 GMT +320 September 2019
Listen Live
    Turkish Prime Minister and Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Ahmet Davutoglu

    Turkish PM Says N.Syria Airbase Shelling 'Retaliation' to Kurdish Forces

    © AFP 2019 / ADEM ALTAN
    Middle East
    Get short URL
    29356
    Subscribe

    Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkish forces shelled Kurdish People’s Protection Units positions in northern Syria as a retaliatory measure.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Turkish forces shelled Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions in northern Syria as a retaliatory measure within rules of engagement, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday.

    "The retaliation against forces posing a threat in and around Azez was made within the framework of the rules of engagement," Davutoglu said as quoted by Turkey’s TRT Haber broadcaster.

    YPG said earlier Turkish forces shelled the recently captured Minnigh airbase and village in Aleppo province.

    "The YPG will immediately withdraw from Azez and the surrounding area and will not go close to it again," Davutoglu added, stressing that Ankara would "retaliate against every step" made by the group.

    Ankara claims that Syrian Kurds have links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a militant group fighting for Kurdish independence from Turkey.

    Turkish media cited military sources saying earlier that the response attack was made to alleged shelling of Turkey's Akcabaglar base in Kilis by "PYD/PKK" affiliates, referring to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party.

    The United States urged both sides to de-escalate tensions.

    Related:

    Anger With Kurds, Russia Led Turkey's Foreign Policy to 'a Dead End'
    Erdogan Crackdown Killed 458 Civilians in Eastern Turkey - Kurdish Lawmaker
    Tags:
    shelling, kurds, Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey, Syria
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik