11 civilians killed in Turkish airstrikes: SDF

"11 civilians were martyred, including one journalist, and six were injured."
Aftermath of a Turkish airstrike in Kobani (Photo: ANHA)
Aftermath of a Turkish airstrike in Kobani (Photo: ANHA)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – At least 11 civilians were killed in northeast Syria during Turkish airstrikes on early Sunday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced today. Moreover, a number of Syrian soldiers and SDF fighters were killed.

"11 civilians were martyred (near Derik), including one journalist, and six were injured," Farhad Shami, the SDF media head tweeted. 

The Kurdish journalist, named Essam Abdullah, was working for the Hawar News Agency (ANHA), and was killed during a Turkish air strike on the countryside of Derik.

Moreover, one SDF fighter was killed in Abu Rasin in the countryside of Hasakah province. Moreover, two guards were killed while guarding the grain silos in Dahir al-Arab.

Furthermore, 15 soldiers of the Damascus Government lost their lives, the SDF said.

The Syrian state news agency SANA reported a number of soldiers were killed northern countryside of Aleppo and the countryside of Hasakah. 


The SDF also said 3 civilians were injured in Kobane. This morning also Turkish jets bombed the Mistenur hill again.

Read More: Turkey announces air operation in Syria, Iraq in retaliation for Istanbul blast

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that six Syrian soldiers and nine SDF fighters were killed in the attack. SOHR also said Turkey carried out a total of 25 airstrikes last night.

Turkey said that the operation, dubbed Air Operation Claw-Sword carried out both in Iraq and Syria, was a retaliation for an explosion in Istanbul that killed six people on Nov. 13.

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued the order for the operation following his visit to Indonesia, the Turkish government said.

Read More: SDF denies involvement in Istanbul attack 

While Turkey blamed the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the People's Protection Units (YPG), the SDF, YPG and PKK have denied involvement in the attack.

The US Consulate General Erbil on Friday warned it's citizens for a "potential Turkish military action in northern Syria and northern Iraq in the coming days."

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Commander-in-Chief Mazloum Abdi in a tweet on Sunday warned that the "Turkish bombing of our safe areas threatens the whole region."

"This bombing is not in favor of any party. We are making every effort to avoid a major catastrophe. If war erupts, all will be affected."

"The attacks will not be limited to our regions which are now being subjected to aggressive and barbaric bombing. We call on our families to stay in their homes and abide by the directives of the Security Forces," he added.