15,000 Syrian Turkmens call for help from Turkey

15,000 Syrian Turkmens call for help due to being caught between ISIS, PYD and the ongoing violence in war-torn Syria

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkmen activists and Syrian Turkmen National Movement Party have released a statement on Wednesday calling Turkey to take immediate action in order to protect the lives of Turkmens who have been victimised in Syria.

In a statement, Turkmens said that the Hammam Turkmen town and its villages are under constant ground attacks by ISIS and PYD, the Syrian affiliate of the outlawed PKK, and Assad regime or Coalition Forces' air strikes, because of its strategic location.

"Both ISIS and the PYD force 15,000 Turkmens living in Hammam Turkmen town and its villages, to fight on their sides and threaten the locals with death if they refuse to join the fighting. Turkmens also have been forced to leave their homes and villages because of the ongoing fight since the June 2, 2015," the statement added.

"Syrian Turkmens are heading towards Akçakale border gate to seek refuge in Turkey. Al-Raqqah Turkmens are calling on Turkish people for immediate action to save their kin's lives and honor," said the statement signed by Suphi Mustafa, Hammam Turkmen activist and Tarık Sulo Cevizci, Syrian Turkmen National Movement Party official.

According to recent reports by local media, Turkey has already started to accept a new wave of refugees from Syria - this time the Turkmens, fleeing from brutal war in Syria. Stressing that they are prepared for all possibilities Sanliurfa Governor İzzettin Kucuk announced on Thursday that they accepted nearly 800 refugees yesterday and are continuing to take refugees today.

The number of refugees seeking asylum in Turkey is expected to increase as ISIS continues its terror activities in Syria.

TRTWorld and agencies