On Monday, the Syrian Democratic Council SDC, (the political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces SDF in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria), expressed its concern over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in areas under the control of the Turkish forces because Turkey, along with its affiliated armed opposition groups, did not take any measures to protect these areas against the virus.
The Syrian Democratic Council added in a statement that the outbreak of the virus in Turkey opens the door to the possibility of its outbreak in Syrian territories under its control. There are serious concerns that the Turkish occupation authorities do not take the necessary measures to protect the Afrin region, Tal Abyad (Gire-Spi), Ras al-Ain (Sere-Kanyie), Jarablus, Azaz, and Idlib.
The statement pointed out that what seriously increases the fears of the outbreak of coronavirus is that the Turkish authorities have deliberately cut off the water again for the city of Hasakah in conjunction with the start of implementing lockdown in the region.
The Syrian Democratic Council also said that IDPs and refugees’ camps in northeastern Syria are the most likely places to become the epicenter of the epidemic in case of its outbreak, as it will be difficult to implement the conditions of the lockdown and prevention due to the massive population.
The SDC demanded the Syrian government to deal fully and transparently with responsibility in this regard, calling for cooperation with the Health Board of the Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria. The Council appealed to the United Nations to carry out its humanitarian duty in the camps and to open the border crossings for humanitarian and medical aid, especially via Tal-Koçer (al-Yarubiyah) border crossing.
The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria has set 15 days as a period of lockdown in its areas, starting from Monday, with the possibility of extension in case of necessity and the public interest.