Turkey denies bombing Kurdish YPG positions in Syria

Turkey says did not bomb Kurdish-held Syrian village in operations against ISIS

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish Foreign Ministry officials denied claims by the People’s Protection Units (YPG) that has been targeting Kurdish positions in its air strikes in northern Syria.

The YPG is the military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is considered by Turkey as the Syrian affiliate of the outlawed PKK.

The YPG earlier claimed that its positions in a village in the east of the border town of Jarablus which is held by ISIS, were shelled by Turkish army urging Turkey to halt attacks on its forces.

The militant group had claimed in a statement that Turkish tanks hit its positions and some other allied Syrian opposition groups in the village of Zur Maghar in Aleppo province.

“The ongoing military operation seeks to neutralize imminent threats to Turkey's national security and continues to target ISIS in Syria and the PKK in Iraq,” a Turkish official told AFP denying the claims of the militant group.  

Turkey has several times hit ISIS positions in northern Syria in the past week following attacks by the group on Turkey.

On July 20, a suicide attack, believed to conducted by ISIS, killed 32 people in the Suruc border district of Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province.

On July 23, a Turkish non-commissioned officer, Yalcin Nane, was killed and two sergeants were wounded in Turkey’s southern border town of Kilis by gunfire opened from a region controlled by ISIS in northern Syria.

Turkey also hit PKK positions in Northern Iraq from inside Turkey in two waves of air strikes last week following the attacks by the members of the militant group against Turkish police and soldiers.

Two police officers, Feyyaz Yumusak and Okan Acar who were assassinated in their shared home in Sanliurfa last Wednesday by the People's Defence Forces (HPG), the armed unit of PKK.


TRTWorld and agencies