المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The Turkish forces bring military reinforcements to the Turkish – Syrian border, amid ongoing mobilization by the SDF and military councils east of the Euphrates

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the Turkish forces brought military reinforcements to Turkish areas at the border with Syria, near the front opposite Tal Abyad, Ras al-Ayn (Sere Kaniye) and Ayn Al-Arab (Kobani), amid ongoing mobilization by the military councils east of the Euphrates and the Syria Democratic Forces, in anticipation for a possible Turkish attack after the Turkish president’s declarations about the possibility of launching a military operation in the east Euphrates at any moment.

And the SOHR monitored today evening, the overflight of the International Coalition’s aircraft in the skies of Tal Abyad near the border with Turkey, in conjunction with the Turkish president’s announcement of a military operation east of the Euphrates.

And the SOHR published today that it monitored mobilization by the military councils in the east of Euphrates as well as the Syria Democratic Forces within the area between Ayn Al-Arab (Kobani) and Tal Abyad in Al-Raqqah countryside, in conjunction with suspicious movements by the Turkish forces within their base in the Turkish side several hundred meters away from Ayn Al-Arab city (Kobani), and this mobilization comes due to fears of Turkish recklessness and launching a military operation in the area of east Euphrates with a spearhead represented by the military formation announced about yesterday under a Turkish guardianship.

And the SOHR monitored yesterday that a new joint patrol between Turkish Forces and U.S. Forces east of Tal Abyad area in the al-Raqqah countryside, as part of the implementation of “the safe area” agreement east of Euphrates, and the patrol consists of 4 Turkish and American vehicles, and the joint patrol will enter deep about 6 km inside Syria, and the Syrian Observatory published on the 29th of September 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored widespread popular satisfaction within the area of east Euphrates, with the “safe zone” agreement between the Americans and the Turks, where the agreement is supposed to avert a military operation on the area, the operation that threatens of a humanitarian disaster like that one happened due to the operation “Olive Branch”, in addition, the agreement imposes nominal presence of the Turkish forces in the area, through running joint patrols with the U.S. forces and joint overflight between the two sides, at the same time, the area has been still suffering an economical crisis that ignites the residents’ discontent, in the shadow of the high price of fuel and the continuation of smuggling from the Syria Democratic Forces’ controlled areas to the regime forces-held areas, not to mention the high cost of living and the corruption spreading in the whole area of east Euphrates.

The SOHR also learned that conscription is continuing against the youth as a part of the “compulsory conscription service” which has become an inevitable law within the controlled areas of the Autonomous Administration, and at the time when a number of citizens express their discontent to such situation, others resigned themselves to fait accompli and voluntarily send their relatives to conscription service.

And the Syrian Observatory monitored on the 24th of September 2019, the start of running the second U.S. – Turkish patrol east Tal Abyad, where Turkish armored vehicles entered the Syrian territory in the morning of that day in order to conduct the joint patrolwithin the second phase with the U.S. forces, within the border of the save zone, where the the joint patrol was run in a track of 30 km long and up to 9 km in depth, starting from the border village of Rafah east of Tal Abyad to villages in the north of Sluk to the east, and in the details also: 4 American armored vehicles headed towards the Turkish territory to accompany 4 armored vehicles of the Turkish army, while 9 American armored vehicles stopped on the international road, bringing the full number of the patrol to 13 U.S. armored vehicles and 4 Turkish armored vehicles, while forces of the joint patrol will observe the points that have been demolished some time ago through the 30 km route through the villages of al-Khwitleh, Tal al-Nafraq, Qlaj, all the way through the main road of Tal Abyad and Omar Haloul village and Jandawi.

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