Suspected Turkish drone targets countryside of Tal Tamr: SOHR
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A Turkish drone targeted a location in the village of Tal Laban, west of Tal Tamr District in the Hasakah Province, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Monday.
No information has been received about human or material losses so far.
As per the latest updated data from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Turkey has conducted 35 drone strikes since the beginning of 2023, resulting in a total of 53 casualties, including 11 civilians.
The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) had previously strongly criticized the silence of the ceasefire guarantor states amidst an increase in Turkish drone strikes.
The AANES held Russia and the United States responsible for allowing the drone attacks to persist despite separate ceasefire agreements between Turkey and Russia, and Turkey and the United States, which were implemented in Oct. 2019 to stop fighting between Turkey and the SDF.
Turkey considers the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). However, the SDF has refuted any connections to the PKK.
The US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel told Kurdistan 24's correspondent Issa Chomani on Monday that that the US "do not greenlight or otherwise provide permission for Turkish operations."
"Our view on this – and you’ve heard me speak about this a little bit before – is it’s crucial for all sides to maintain and respect ceasefires. Our position has not changed. We continue to support the maintenance of the current ceasefire, and it is crucial for all sides to maintain and respect this to enhance stability in Syria and work towards a political solution of the – in the conflict."
"We continue to remain concerned about violence in northern Syria and the potential impact that this violence can have on civilian populations as well as the work that has been done thus far to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS. And we continue to seek to ensure safety for U.S. and D-ISIS Coalition forces," he concluded.