Davutoglu, Merkel discuss YPG attacks near Syrian border

Turkish prime minister, German chancellor discuss YPG attacks near Turkish-Syrian border on phone following Turkey’s shelling of YPG targets for second day

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speak before lunch during German-Turkish government consultations at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, January 22, 2016.

Turkish security forces will continue to retailiate to attacks by the YPG militants in northern Syria, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said to German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Sunday.

According to Turkish Prime Ministry press office, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu shared information with Angela Merkel about  the developments on the Turkey-Syria border.

Davutoglu said that the YPG militants, backed by Russian air strikes, are carrying out attacks in Azaz and the surrounding area. He warned Merkel that the attacks have forced thousands of Syrians to the Turkish border, which he said would affect not only Turkey but also European countries.

Underlining Turkey would not let YPG carry out such attacks, Davutoglu added Turkish security forces responded accordingly, and will continue do so.

YPG is the militant wing of the PYD which is considered by Turkey as the PKK’s Syrian extension.

PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, as well as the EU, the US, and NATO.

Turkey started to strike YPG targets near the town of Azaz in northern Syria on Saturday after YPG militants shelled a former military air base near the Turkish border.

The second wave of operations against the YPG militants continued on Sunday.

Merkel pledged humanitarian and technical support which will be coordinated with the UN and EU to respond any humanitarian crisis which might be triggered by the YPG attacks, according to press office.

TRTWorld and agencies