Turkey launched airstrikes over northern areas of Syria and Iraq, the Turkish Protection Ministry stated Sunday, focusing on Kurdish teams that Ankara holds liable for final week’s bomb assault in Istanbul.
Warplanes attacked bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Staff’ Get together, or PKK, and the Syrian Individuals’s Safety Models (YPG), the ministry stated in a press release. It was accompanied by photos of F-16 jets taking off and photographs of a strike from an aerial drone.
The airstrikes occurred every week after a bomb rocked a bustling avenue within the coronary heart of Istanbul, killing six individuals and wounding over 80 others.
Turkish authorities blamed the assault on the PKK and its Syrian affiliate the YPG. The Kurdish militant teams have, nevertheless, denied involvement.
Ankara and Washington each take into account the PKK a terror group, however disagree on the standing of the YPG. Beneath the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the YPG has been allied with the US within the combat towards the Islamic State group in Syria.
The airstrikes focused Kobani, a strategic Kurdish-majority Syrian city close to the Turkish border that Ankara had beforehand tried to overhaul in its plans to determine a “protected zone” alongside northern Syria. Syrian Democratic Forces spokesperson Farhad Shami added that two villages closely populated with displaced individuals have been underneath Turkish bombardment. He stated the strikes had resulted in “deaths and accidents.”
This comes as police in Bulgaria have detained 5 individuals in reference to the bombing in Instanbul, the Bulgarian prosecution service stated Saturday.
The detained people have been charged with serving to one of many individuals who carried out the assault, a spokesperson for Bulgaria’s chief prosecutor stated.
They’re accused of offering “logistical help” to assist the individual flee.