Turkey continued on Wednesday to shell positions of Kurdish fighters in northern Syria to protect its southern border., as part of the “Garra Espada” operation that began on Sunday. “The determination to protect all our southern borders is today stronger than ever,” said the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoganwho considers launch a running offensive “at the right time”.
Turkish shelling hit Kurdish positions in Syria’s Al Hol detention camp on Wednesday, according to independent Syrian and Kurdish sources. The Kurdish-run camp is home to 50,000 people, including relatives of suspected jihadists, but also displaced Syrians and Iraqis.
“Our operations with planes, artillery and drones are just the beginning”, warned Erdogan in a speech before his party, the Islamist AKP. The head of state added that the governments of Syria and Iraq should not worry because such operations “will also guarantee their territorial integrity.”
The Turkish government launched Operation Sword Claw on Sunday by intensifying air raids and artillery fire against the positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and People’s Protection Units. The local authorities accuse these two movements of having ordered the attack that left six dead and 81 injured days ago in Istanbul.