Turkish attack claims lives of 4 children at UN Center in NE Syria – AANES

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) revealed on Friday casualties toll of a Turkish drone attack that targeted on Friday an educational center under the United Nations auspice, on a road links between the town of Tel Tamr and the city of Hasakah.

The AANES, in a statement, added that Turkey has escalated its military operations against the AANES-held areas after recent meetings held by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with regional and international parties.

The AANES was first formed in 2014 in the Kurdish-majority regions of Afrin, Kobani and Jazira in northern Syria following the withdrawal of the government forces. Later, it was expanded to Manbij, Tabqa, Raqqa, Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor after the SDF defeated ISIS militarily there.

The statement noted that the Turkish drone targeted the educational center for girls under the UN auspice in the village of Shmouka near a base of the US-led Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, on Tel Tamr-Hasakah road .

The shelling claimed the lives of four children and wounding 11 others, all of them are females, the statement read.

Such attacks “go beyond all moral and legal values and standards, as they are war crimes, systematic genocide against our people and represent the severest type of systematic terrorism, as well as they are the other face of the terrorist Islamic State Organization (ISIS),” it added.

The AANES stressed that any attack will not go unpunished.

It called for the US-led Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, the relevant institutions and the UN to show an urgent and clear stand, limiting Turkish aggression.

It also indicated that Turkey’s claims are released to justify its “aggression and occupation” of the region, warning, at the same time, that all Syrian areas are threatened by Turkey.

Reporting by  Adnan Hamo