On Saturday, the head of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Press Office, Mustafa Bali, told North-Press that Turkey is still continuing its hostile actions against the northeastern regions of Syria, despite the UN appeal for a comprehensive ceasefire and efforts to confront coronavirus, to which the SDF has responded.
Bali pointed out that the SDF has repeatedly proved its “humanitarian approach”, and therefore naturally responded to the UN call to cease hostilities in light of the dangers of the COVID-19 epidemic, which poses a threat to humanity as a whole.
On Friday, the UN welcomed the SDF statement in which it declared the cessation of military operations in support of the appeal from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
In a statement published on Friday on its website, the UN said that the SDF declared its commitment to avoid engaging in military action, and that the Secretary-General calls on other parties in the Syrian conflict to support its appeal.
“We, as the Syrian Democratic Forces, assure the UN and the world that we are defensive forces, not offensive ones. Our duty is to protect our people and humanity, and to carry out our duty for the Syrian people,” Bali added.
Last Tuesday, the SDF announced in a statement its commitment to support global efforts in combating the coronavirus epidemic, including the cessation of fighting except for “legitimate defense.”
The statement pointed out that “any renewed actions of hostilities will create waves of displacement that may affect the remaining health infrastructure, and thus accelerate the spread of the virus and increase its lethality,” due to the deterioration of healthcare facilities in Syria as a result of the war.
The statement also called on “the parties in the Syrian conflict to refrain from any military initiatives or actions, and to immediately commit to a humanitarian truce.”
Last Monday, Antonio Guterres called on all forces involved in armed conflicts worldwide to adopt a ceasefire, and commit to a full-time involvement to confront the “common enemy” of coronavirus, pointing out that “healthcare systems in countries devastated by wars are collapsing."
Mustafa Bali said that they are almost certain that Turkey is preparing field hospitals in Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) and will transport those infected with coronavirus from Turkey to them.
“If we confirm the information received, then this is considered a biological attack against our areas,” he added.
Bali called on the UN and all international institutions to intervene to investigate the Turkish state's actions in Syria.
On the 9th of October, Turkish forces and affiliated armed opposition groups invaded the regions of Tal-Abyad (Gre-Spi) and Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain), which led to the displacement of about 300,000 people from their homes, only a third of whom were able to return to their areas, according to the statistics of international organizations. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of IDPs are scattered across the cities of Qamishli, Hasakah, and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, where they refuse to return for fear of being subjected to violations by armed groups as a result of the continuing state of insecurity and chaos since Turkish-backed armed opposition groups took over the region.