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Tall Abyad: YPG reports attacks by the Turkish army

KurdWatch, December 3, 2015—According to the PYD‑affiliated news agency Hawar (ANHA), Turkish soldiers fired at the city of Tall Abyad (Girê Sipî) with light firearms for several hours during the night of November 19 to 20, 2015. Since October 24, ANHA has reported numerous attacks by the Turkish army on positions held by the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG): On October 24 on ʿAyn al-ʿArab (Kobanî), on October 30, November 11 and 17 on locations west of the city of Raʾs al-ʿAin (Serê Kaniyê), on October 25, 27, and 29 as well as November 17 on YPG positions in Tall Abyad. There were no deaths or injuries reported since the PYD, in order to avoid an escalation, did not return fire. Independent acknowledgments of these events are not available.

The Turkish government said it bombed the YPG near Jarabulus when the latter attempted to advance on the city. Jarabulus is located between Kobanî and ʿAfrin and the area around it is strategically important for the YPG: If the YPG gained control of this area, it would connect the overwhelmingly Kurdish enclaves of Kobanî and ʿAfrin. Since the capture of Tall Abyad, the YPG would then control a continuous area reaching from ʿAyn Diwar to ʿAfrin.


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