Istanbul: The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced early Sunday morning that it had conducted airstrikes against illegal Kurdish insurgent sites in northern Syria and northern Iraq, which it claimed were used to launch attacks against Turkey.
The ministry stated that the attacks targeted the strongholds of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey claims is an arm of the PKK.
After concluding a cross-border operation against PKK terrorists in Iraq, Turkey said on Tuesday that it would pursue targets in northern Syria in response to a fatal bombing in Istanbul last weekend.
The government blames Kurdish terrorists for the explosion on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on November 13 that killed six and injured more than eighty. The PKK and SDF have denied participation in the explosion on the busy pedestrian boulevard.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said late Saturday that Turkish jets shelled two communities in northern Syria that is home to internally displaced people.
“Turkish bombardment of our safe zones threatens the whole region,” tweeted the head commander of the US-aligned SDF, Mazloum Abdi.
Turkey has made three invasions into the YPG militia in northern Syria. Previously, President Tayyip Erdogan stated that Turkey might execute a second operation against the YPG.