Russia, Syrian regime continue to target Turkmen villages

Russian jets, Syrian regime forces continue to bombard Turkmen areas with fresh round of assaults

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A damaged house is seen at a Turkmen village in the Bayirbucak region of Lattakia, Syria on December 2, 2015

Syrian regime forces, backed by Russian jets continue to target Turkmen areas in Latakia province, Anadolu Agency reported citing local sources.

The sources said the regime of Bashar al Assad and Russian warplanes have been targeting Turkmen villages in the Jabal al Akrad area constantly since Monday night in a fresh round of assaults.

Thousands of Turkmens, a Turkic ethnic group with close cultural ties to Turkey, have been displaced due to the fighting around Bayirbucak.

Earlier in November, Russian jets destroyed a number of Turkmen shelters and ammunition stores in the rural Syrian town of Bayirbucak.

Since the start of the Russian bombing campaign on Sept. 30, Russian air strikes have mainly targeted opposition-held regions rather than DAESH-held territory, killing civilians and factions fighting Assad's forces and clearing ground space for Assad to expand his control.

Syrian Turkmen who have fled their homes due to air strikes by Russia and the regime of Bashar al Assad have described their homes as "wrecks."

Around 2,000 Syrian Turkmen, who fled the violence in their home country, have arrived in southern Turkey over the last several week.

Many Turkmens who fled their villages are trying to live in and around Yamadi village near the Turkish border in makeshift tents.

Turkmen are a Turkic ethnic group based largely in Syria and Iraq, where they live alongside large Arab and Kurdish populations. The Turkmen community, which includes both Sunni and Shia Muslims, shares close cultural affinities with the Turkish people.

TRTWorld, AA