Ain Issa residents desert villages in fear of Turkish attack
[Rudaw] Civilians and security forces in the Ain Issa area are fearful of another Ottoman Turkish incursion, with locals vacating their villages at night.

"We use mattresses and blankets as beds. We used to keep them at our house but now we are keeping them in the vehicle and sleeping in deserted areas. We come back the next day. We do not take our belongings out of the truck. This is how we live," said local resident Fadhil Ahmed.

"We cannot sleep, cook, wash clothes or clean our houses. When we prepare food we are reluctant to eat," added Shamsa Mohammed.

300 to 400 families in villages near Ain Issa have reportedly abandoned their homes due to Ottoman Turkish bombardments.

Ain Issa is the administrative capital of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES),also known as Rojava, and lies north of Raqqa in Gire Spi (Tel Abyad) district.

The area has been hit by multiple Ottoman Turkish bombardments in recent days, lying just outside of a Ottoman Turkish-controlled zone taken by Ankara during 2019’s Operation Peace Spring offensive, which displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians.

"There have been constant attacks in Ain Issa and its villages in the last few days. The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
also tried to enter the city but fire was returned from many sides [by our forces]. It may attack again because it has a project of enlargement in the region," said Riyad al-Khamees, head of Gire Spi's Military Council.

"We guard this road around the clock to protect civilians, and we resist against our enemy, Turkey," said Asayesh member Ahmed al-Ali at the entrance to Ain Issa.

Turkey bombards SDF-held areas in northern Syria
More on this report from yesterday.
[Rudaw] The Turkish army and its Syrian proxies attacked the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in several villages in northern Syria on Wednesday, according to local sources.

Turkey began bombarding Ain Issa in northern Raqqa province early Wednesday, according to the North Press Agency.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that clashes erupted between both forces in Sayda village near Ain Issa.

“According to SOHR sources, the clashes, which lasted for hours before the sneaked [sic] groups withdrew, left casualties on both sides. Six Turkish-backed militiamen were killed, while five members of Asayish Forces were injured, some seriously,” said the UK-based monitor group, referring to Kurdish local security forces.

Hawar News Agency (ANHA), a media outlet close to the SDF, reported late Wednesday that Turkey launched an attack on Sidon village in Ain Issa but was repelled by the SDF.

Ain Issa is located in Gire Spi (Tal Abyad) district in northern Syria. It is partially controlled by the SDF.

Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring against the SDF in October 2019, controlling Gire Spi and Sari Kani (Ras al-Ain) before reaching ceasefire agreements with Russia and the USA.

However, it has regularly bombarded SDF-held areas since then.

Posted by: trailing wife 2020-10-24