Turkey bombs cities throughout northern Syria after Istanbul bombing, say experiences | Syria

Turkish airstrikes hit a number of cities throughout northern Syria, together with the town of Kobane late on Saturday, Kurdish-led forces and a Britain-based monitoring group have mentioned.

The assaults come days after Ankara blamed the Kurdistan Staff’ social gathering (PKK) for final Sunday’s lethal bombing in central Istanbul.

“Kobane, the town that defeated Isis, is subjected to bombardment by the plane of the Turkish occupation,” tweeted Farhad Shami, a spokesperson for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Turkey considers the Kurdish Individuals’s Safety Models (YPG) – the principle element of the SDF – an extension of the outlawed PKK.

Shami mentioned there had additionally been airstrikes towards two densely populated villages within the northern province of Aleppo and the north-eastern province of Hasakeh.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the Turkish army had carried out greater than 20 airstrikes throughout the 2 provinces. The group has an intensive community of contacts throughout Syria.

Kobane, a Kurdish-majority city in northern Syria close to the Turkish border, was captured by the Islamic State group in late 2014, although Kurdish fighters drove them out early the next yr.

Each the PKK and the YPG have denied any involvement within the Istanbul assault, wherein six folks have been killed.

However the Turkish inside minister, Süleyman Soylu, has mentioned Ankara believes the order for the assault was given from Kobane.