Turkish drone attack injures civilian in Syria

A Turkish drone strike injured a civilian in the northern Syrian city of Qamishli, Kurdistan 24 reported on Friday.

The drone strike hit a fuel company in the Allaya neighbourhood, injuring a man who was transferred to a hospital for treatment and causing property damage, Kurdistan 24 cited an unnamed local security forces commander as saying.

“We in the Internal Security Forces for northeast Syria renew our call to the International Coalition and the Federal State of Russia, as they are the guarantors of the ceasefire, and to undertake their obligation, against repeated crimes committed with the aim to spread chaos and panic among the people,” the commander said.

After Turkey intervened in northeastern Syria in October 2019, Russia and the United States reached separate ceasefire deals with Ankara that allowed Turkish troops to control the areas between Tel Abyad and Ras al Ayn close to the border.

Ilham Ahmed, President of the Executive Committee of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), said in a tweet on Friday that the drone strikes show that Turkey is not committed to the agreements.

“Turkey continues to penetrate the airspace of north and east Syria, targeting activists in the area. It seems that Turkey is using drones as an alternative to attacks. This is how it gains international silence and kills whoever it wants,” she wrote. “This is a dangerous act and a violation of the (ceasefire) agreements with the Russians and the Americans.”

Kurdistan 24 said there has been a marked increase in Turkish drone attacks over the last few months.

In late June, three Kurdish women’s rights activists were killed in an alleged Turkish drone strike in the city of Kobani. 

On July 16, the Kurdish-led authorities also blamed Turkey for targeting an outpost manned by Russian forces using a drone in the border town of Derbisiyah.

Four days later, another drone attack reportedly injured two people in Qamishli. 

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