Turkey shelled the city of Kobane, in Syria, in retaliation for the attack in Istanbul

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Although Syrian Kurdish forces have denied any connection to the event that occurred last Sunday, the Turkish government stands firm in its accusations

< i class="i-share-btn email"> Turkish airstrikes in Dirbasiyah and Malikiyah (Twitter: @oknewsj)

Turkey on Saturday bombed the city of Kobane in Syria< /b>, after holding the local Kurdish forces responsible for the attack in Istanbul that six days ago left six people dead and 81 injured.

Farhad Shami, the spokesman for the Democratic Syrian Forces (FSD), a Kurdish-led armed alliance, announced on its Twitter account that Kobane, “the city that defeated the Islamic State” was “subjected to a bombardment by Turkish occupation planes.”

Shelling in Kobani (Twitter: @nadinemaenza)

According to Shami, the villages of Dahir al Arab and Al Beilonya, both inhabited by people displaced from two Syrian areas seized by Turkey and its allied militias in border operations that took place in recent years. In total, there were about 25 attacks throughout the north of the Arab country.

“The time has come to settle the score. The bastards will be held accountable for their perfidious attacks,” the Turkish Ministry of Defense tweeted along with an image of a plane taking off for a night operation.

Turkey bombed the city of Kobane, Syria, in retaliation for the attack in Istanbul

Tweet from the Turkish Ministry of Defense

“Nests of terror are razed by precision strikes,” the message continued, along with a video showing how a target was set, which exploded shortly after.

Video released by the Ministry of Defense about the time of the attack (Twitter: @tcsavunma)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported at least twelve dead, all of them members of the Kurdish forces and government troops.

The US State Department had expressed this Friday its fear of “an eventual military action of Turkey”, for which reason it advised its citizens against traveling to northern Syria and Iraq.

Turkey bombarded the city of Kobane, in Syria, in retaliation for the attack in Istanbul

Image released by the Turkish Ministry of Defense, in the midst of the bombardments on Syria (Twitter: @tcsavunma)

The attacks occurred six days after the attack in the center of Istanbul, in which the detonation of a bomb in the commercial street of Istiklal left six dead and more than 80 injured.

Based on the first investigations, Ankara targeted a Syrian woman trained by the People's Protection Units (YPG) -one of the main components of the FSD- and accused her of having planted the explosive device. . The order to carry out the attack was given “from Kobane”, according to the Turkish version promoted by the Minister of the Interior, Suleyman Soylu.

Turkey bombed the city of Kobane, in Syria, in retaliation for the attack in Istanbul

Ankara accused a Syrian woman trained by the People's Protection Units ( YPG) of having planted the explosive device (REUTERS)

Ankara considers the YPG and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) – the Kurdish guerrillas in Turkey – as regional branches of the same organization; therefore, both are taken as terrorist organizations.

For their part, the Kurdish Syrian forces denied any connection to the explosion last Sunday and, on the contrary, , they accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of using this fact as an excuse to attack northern Syria in order to gain more support for the elections that will take place next year.

Kobane is located in the northwestern province of Aleppo and is a strategic city and an important stronghold of the Kurdish forces.

Since 2014 this city has been the scene of the bloody battle between the Islamic State and the Kurdish forces that faced it. That is why it is considered a symbol of the Kurdish resistance against the “caliphate”, from which these militias seized their last stronghold in the country in 2019.

( With information from AFP and EFE)

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