Turkey continues shelling PYD positions

Turkey continues hitting PYD positions in northern Syria for six days straight

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish Armed Forces hits PYD targets with howitzers in the Azaz town of Aleppo, Syria on February 18, 2016.

Updated Feb 19, 2016

Turkish military is continuing to shell PYD positions in Syria’s Azaz district located in the northern countryside of Aleppo, Turkish security sources confirmed to Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

The latest round of shelling comes a day after a deadly bomb attack killed 28 people and injured dozens of others in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said evidence provided by Turkey’s Interior Ministry pointed to the terrorist PKK and PYD organisations as the culprit for Wednesday’s Ankara bombing.

PYD is the Syrian affiliate of the PKK, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the EU.

Turkish military has been shelling PYD and PKK positions in northern Syria intermittently for six consecutive days in retaliation to artillery fire from PYD forces based around Azaz.

Turkish security sources said artillery shells began pounding Azaz again on Thursday evening.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said YPG - the armed wing of the PYD group - is a pawn of the Syrian regime.

YPG and Syrian regime forces have been attacking opposition held areas in northern Syria and have made gains with the help of Russian air strikes forcing tens of thousands of Syrians out of their homes.

TRTWorld, AA