المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

In conjunction with the Turkish warplanes’ bombardment on the area and the violent clashes in it… logistic preparations continue to bring regime forces in Afrin area

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from a number of reliable sources, that the logistic preparations are still continuing by the regime forces on one hand, and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on the other, preparing for the movement of the regime forces towards Afrin, and the deployment of the border guards of the regime forces in the contact areas between the forces of the “Olive Branch” Operation and the Kurdish forces in Afrin area, located in the north-western section, within implementation of the agreement reached by the Kurdish forces and the regime forces during the past 24 hours.

These preparations comes with the flight of Turkish warplanes over Afrin area, and carrying out strikes targeting places in Jendires area in the south-western countryside and other areas in the north-eastern countryside of Afrin, and in conjunction with violent fighting between the Turkish forces and the rebel and Islamic factions against the YPG and the Self-Defense Forces, in areas in Sharra Township in the north-eastern countryside of Afrin, as a part of the continuous efforts by the forces of the “Olive Branch” Operation to increase their scope of control in the area, after they managed since the 20th of January 2018, to achieve advancement and take the control of Bulbula town and 33 other villages, they are:((Jabal Barsaya – Qastal Jandu, Dikmdash, Yaki Dam, Marsawa and Shaltah in Sharra Township in the north-eastern countryside of Afrin, and the villages of Shenkali, Bekah, Alikar, Za’rah, Balyeh, Qarnah, Bulbula and Abudan in Bulbula Township in the northern countryside of Afrin, Edmanli, Ali Beska and Balelka in Raju Township in the south-western countryside of Afrin, Kanye, Khalilah, Amra, Mamlu Oshagli, Qarrah Baba in Sheikh Hadid Township in the west of Afrin, the villages of Hamam, Mala Khalil, Dayr Ballut, Haj Iskender, Muhammadiyah and Ashka in Jendires Township in the south-western countryside of Afrin, and Diwa Foqani, Jaqla, Kharab Smaq, Hajikanli Foqani, Hajikanli Tahtani, Al-Darwishiyyah)).

It is noteworthy that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published yesterday that an agreement was reached between The YPG and the regime forces on deploying members of the regime forces on the borders between Afrin and Turkey, so as to prevent the Turkish operations inside Afrin and the “Olive Branch” operation which aims to control Afrin area and expel the Kurdish forces from the area, and reliable sources told the Syrian Observatory that the talks are still ongoing between both parties on outstanding points including the administration of Afrin area and the presence of the Kurdish forces with all their weapons in the area, and the SOHR published 72 hours ago, that it learned that talks is still ongoing between the Russians and the YPG to reach an agreement on deploying border guards and civil police of the regime forces in Afrin area, which is being under Turkish attacks since the 20th of January 2018, within the “Olive Branch” Operation launched by Turkey to control the area of Afrin which is located in the northwestern part of Aleppo, where reliable sources stressed that the talks are still underway to reach a full agreement on the Russian demand to the Kurdish forces in Afrin city, which was reiterated today to end the Turkish attack on Afrin area.

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