KurdWatch, December 31, 2015—On December 23, 2015, Turkish soldiers occupied a hill close to the Turkish–Syrian border near Sarmisakh (ten kilometers west of al‑Malikiya [Dêrik]). The army also advanced on Syrian territory near al‑Latifia (three kilometers east of al‑Qamishli). On December 24 and 25 a few dozen people protested near Samirsakh against the Turkish invasion.
In a press statement on December 24, the Kurdish National Council demanded from the Turkish government the withdrawal of its troops as well as the initiation of peace negotiations with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey. In a statement on December 26, the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria of Siamand Hajo demanded not only that Turkey withdraw its troops, but that the PKK also pulls out of Syria. The invasion of Turkey was interpreted as the logical consequence of the presence of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria. On December 27, the recently established PYD‑dominated Council for a Democratic Syria [further information] condemned the Turkish intervention and the violation of Syrian territory.
On December 26, Turkey pulled some of its soldiers out of Sarmisakh.