June 21 () –
A Turkish army drone attack in northeastern Syria has resulted in the death of the co-chair of the Syrian Kurdish region of Qamishli, Yusra Darwish, her deputy, Reyhan Amude, and her driver Firat Danial.
“Turkish terrorism has once again attacked three dedicated peacebuilders in north-eastern Syria. (…) Turkish terrorism shows no regard for ethnic or religious differences, as the martyrs were brave Kurds and Christians living together in harmony and resolutely fought against terrorism”, has published the spokesman of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Farhad Sami, on his Twitter account.
“We will intensify our struggle to achieve all the aspirations of our martyrs,” added Sami.
The SDF already warned Turkey last Friday that it would “pay dearly” for the rebound in its attacks against the Syrian Kurdish militia People’s Protection Units (YPG), the main member of the SDF, after Ankara reported on Thursday about 60 presumed members of the group “neutralized” in two days.
Turkey has carried out numerous ground operations and bombardments in recent years against the YPG — SDF allies of the US-led coalition against Islamic State — for its ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party ( PKK).