Turkish invasion of NE Syria continues for second day with 181 strikes

For the second day, Turkish operations continue in the northern Syrian territories, with Turkish aviation hitting the city of Tel Abiad in al-Hashaka province.

According to the Syrian state television station “Ikhbariya”, Turkish attacks continue unabated, with residents leaving the area en masse. At the same time, Turkish forces are preparing to advance into downtown Ras al-Ain, and are currently reported to hit villages east of the border town.

Turkey’s defense ministry announced on Thursday morning that the Turkish army has struck 181 targets of the Kurds and the Islamic State in northern Syria. For its part, the Syrian Ikhbariya station reports at least eight civilians have been killed, with another 20 people reportedly injured. It is recalled that the Turkish operation began early Wednesday afternoon, with Turkish armed forces hitting the cities of Ras al-Ain and Tal Abyad.

“Our heroic officers involved in the military operation continue to move east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria,” Ankara confirmed early Thursday morning. It is worth noting that Turkey views Kurdish forces in Syria as an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been described by Ankara as a terrorist organization.

The People’s Protection Units (YPG) – a branch of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – are, according to Ankara, the PKK’s armed wing.