Today, Monday, Germany called on Turkey to respond “proportionately” in accordance with international law after Turkey carried out air strikes on bases of Kurdish groups that Turkey classifies as “terrorist” in northern Syria and Iraq.
German Foreign Ministry spokesman Christopher Burger, speaking at a press conference today on Monday, pointed to the need for continued protection of civilians, calling reports of civilian casualties from Turkish airstrikes “very disturbing.”
“We call on Turkey to respond in accordance with international law,” Borger added.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 35 militants were killed in the strikes, while Kurdish militants claimed 10 civilians had been killed, and the bombing targeted border areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces, which relies mainly on Kurdish militias. self-defence, especially in the cities of Kobani and Al-Malikiya in the north and north-east of the country.
For its part, Ankara announced at night that it had successfully carried out an air operation, which it called the “claw-sword”, and launched it a week after the explosion of an explosive device by terrorists in the center of Istanbul, which killed 6 people. and injuring more than 80 people while blaming both the PKK and Kurdish forces in Syria behind the explosion, while the two Kurdish parties denied any involvement in the attack.
On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the possibility of launching a so-called “ground operation” in Syria, while Berger urged “Turkey and all other participants not to do anything that could aggravate the already tense situation in northern Syria and Iraq.”