AANES urges international action to stop Turkish attacks on NE Syria

RAQQA, Syria (North Press) – An official in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) stated on Sunday that they are constantly communicating with human rights organizations and the international community, urging them to stop the Turkish attacks.

Hussein Othman, co-chair of the Executive Council of the AANES told North Press in an exclusive statement that the AANES has sent multiple letters to human rights organizations, actors in the Syrian conflict, and the Syrian government.

On Dec.24, the AANES called on the UN and international organizations to conduct an investigation and form fact finding committees to monitor, document and investigate “unjustified” Turkish airstrikes on service facilities in Northeast Syria.

Othman stressed that the AANES is documenting the Turkish attacks and contacting the relevant parties regarding these violations and the extent of the damage to the infrastructure in the region.

The AANES maintains regular communication with human rights organizations and the international community to document war crimes committed by Turkey, Othman added.

Since Dec. 23, Turkish forces have intensified strikes against many areas in northern and northeastern Syria. These attacks have targeted vital infrastructure facilities, such as oil and power installations, and caused civilian casualties.

On Monday, Turkey targeted several civilian infrastructure facilities in North and East Syria including an industrial facility in the Allaya neighborhood near a prison that detains militants of the Islamic State (ISIS), Simav press printing house, a grain silos, a cement facility, a mill, a clothing factory, and the train station in the city of Qamishli. In addition, it bombed the village of Segerka and a cement factory in the village of Shork in the east of Qamishli.

By Zana al-Ali