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SDF hands over 37 bodies of Syrian rebels to Turkish army

  2021-03-28  | 
 Zhyan News Network
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) allows an ambulance to collect bodies of 37 pro-Turkey Syrian rebels killed in clashes between March 18-20 near Ain Issa in Raqqa province, Syria. Photo released by SDF-affiliated ANHA on March 27, 2021.
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday (March 28) handed over 37 bodies of pro-Turkey Syrian rebels killed in recent clashes to the Turkish forces with the mediation of the Russian forces, SDF-affiliated Hawar News Agency (ANHA) said.

Turkey and the Syrian insurgents launched attacks on of Saida and Maalak near Ain Issa town during March 18-20 that resulted in killing 37 rebels, according to ANHA.

On March 20, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that a Turkish fighter jet bombed the military positions of SDF in Sayda village in Ain Issa countywide in northern Raqqa governorate. It was the first airstrike in seventeen months. 

On March 19, a child was killed and five other civilians were wounded in shelling by the Syrian rebels, according to head of SDF Pres and Public Affairs Office Mustafa Bali.

Turkey and its Syrian proxies launched an operation in October 2019 to expel the SDF from northern Syria, but the operation interrupted after two accords negotiated by Ankara with first Washington, and then Moscow, allowed Turkey to seize control of a "safe zone" inside Syria around 120 kilometers long and 32 kilometers deep.

The aerial bombardment came at a time when the Turkey-backed Syrian rebels have failed to advance into the villages in the sub-district.

Turkey considers SDF or its main affiliate People's Protection Units (YPG) an offshoot to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is outlawed in Turkey and has started an armed struggle for Kurds’ cultural rights since 1984.

The SDF has been an only ground force and ally to the US-led Coalition in the battle against Islamic State (ISIS).

(Zhyan English)