Assad ground forces target Turkmen villages in Syria

Syrian regime forces intensify its ground operations targeting Turkmen villages in northern Latakia

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Debris of buildings are seen after Russian airstrikes at Bayirbucak Turkmen region in Latakia, Syria on November 15, 2015

Syrian regime forces have expanded its ground offensive, which it has been resuming for the last three days, by targeting Turkmen villages in addition to the Turkmen opposition positions.

According to local media sources, forces loyal to Bashar al Assad launched simultaneous assaults in Firinlik, Acisi and Avanli, the Turkmen populated regions located in the Turkmen Mountain area.

Bombs were seen, sounds of explosions were heard from Turkey's southern Hatay province on Turkish-Syrian border on Thursday.

Media sources also say Turkmen civilians are in a difficult situation as almost 5,000 of them have been forced to leave their homes due to the ground operations which are supported by Russian air strikes.

Russia started its air strikes in Syria on September 30, with the initial claim of targeting the DAESH terrorist group.

However, most of the Russian attacks have targeted Syrian opposition groups fighting against Assad instead of DAESH.

International human right groups immediately condemned the assaults.

Eyup Yikilmaz, a spokesperson for Yardimeli International Humanitarian Association based in Turkey demanded the end of the offensive saying “The situation there worsens every minute. Our brothers are in a difficult situation.”

Also Turkey’s former Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is also governing AK Party deputy chair, condemned the attacks on his Twitter account.

TRTWorld and agencies