Syrian Kurdish militia 'pleads for Israeli help' against Turkey
The Syrian Democratic Forces official, who was not named, reportedly sent the plea to The Times of Israel via text message.
“The State of Israel must work to put an end to this war that is killing women and children and expelling civilians from their homes,” the unnamed official was quoted as saying.
The official added that they were confident the Jewish people would not leave the Kurds due to their own experience of persecution.
"I am certain that the Jewish people understand the situation of the Kurdish people best because it lived these types of dangers throughout much of its history. I am sure that it will not stand by idly as our region faces Turkey’s terror,” the SDF official reportedly said.
Approximately 275,000 people have fled as a result of the Turkish assault on north eastern Syria and dozens have been killed since Ankara launched the operation on October 9.
A day after the operation was launched, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Ankara's actions, saying that his government was prepared to send humanitarian aid to Kurds in northern Syria.
“Israel strongly condemns the Turkish invasion of the Kurdish areas in Syria and warns against the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey and its proxies,” a statement from the Israeli leader's office said at the time. “Israel is prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the gallant Kurdish people.”
SDF withdrawal 'complete'
Major Youssef Hammoud, a spokesperson for the Turkish-allied “Syrian National Army” (SNA) told The New Arab that the group had confirmed the full withdrawal of the SDF from its positions in Ras al-Ain. The town was the scene of heavy fighting between Turkish forces and the SNA on one side and the SDF on the other earlier this month.
Hammoud said that the SNA and the Turkish army would not enter Ras al-Ain until a five-day period specified by a ceasefire agreement negotiated between Turkey and the US had expired. The agreement was negotiated last Thursday and the five-day period is due to end on Tuesday afternoon.
The withdrawal comes as part of the US-brokered ceasefire, which has been marred by ongoing clashes and both sides accusing each other of breaking the truce.
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