Urgent appeal to UN, Global Coalition Against ISIS, EU, Council of Europe, and League of Arab States:
Immediate Call for a No-Fly Zone for North and East Syria/Rojava
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long pledged to unilaterally establish a so-called “security zone” within North and East Syria/Rojava, and his actions have made it clear that his true aim is to invade, conquer, and ethnically cleanse these areas. On 24 September 2019, Erdogan announced his invasion plans at the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly. Those who know the autocrat and have observed his various campaigns of military aggression are aware that Erdogan’s security zone, which he mapped out for the world to see, would be wasteland of mass graves for the Kurds and other peoples of the region.
Since 2019, the international community has remained quiet on Erdogan’s crimes against humanity and war crimes, and the lack of interest from the UN, Global Coalition Against ISIS, NATO, the EU, and the Council of Europe have strengthened him immensely. Even when Erdogan’s armed forces killed 9 civilians and injured 30 more at the Perekh tourist complex near Zakho in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq) on 21 July 2022, the guardians of international law were silent.
With the implicit approval of the international community, Erdogan presses ahead with implementing his strategy of ethnic cleansing, as he is doing today. This morning the Turkish army has been bombarding Kobanê in northeastern Syria from the air and on the ground, and these attacks follow a number of killings of civilians with Turkish military drones in recent weeks. The goal of Erdogan and the Turkish state is clear: ethnic cleansing of the Kurds. Additionally, these attacks have also targeted the Syriac Christians of the region.
The areas attacked in North and East Syria/Rojava are all included in the so-called “security zone” on the map that Erdogan infamously displayed at the UN General Assembly in 2019:
Kobanê: Kobanê’s city center; the villages of Boban, Siftek, Selim and Asme, the western villages of Kobanê on the TurkeySyria border,and the Upper Sheikhler village on the Euphrates River, opposite the Turkish-occupied city of Jarablus, are all being shelled. A child named Abid Mohammed Haji (12) has been killed in these attacks
Manbij: The villages of al-Jat and Masi north of Manbij are being attacked with mortars from a Turkish-occupied base in al-Tokhar al-Kabir
Afrin (Efrin), Sherawa district: The Bênê, Sonxanekê and Qinêtirê villages have been attacked with howitzers more than 30 times
Girê Spî (Tel Abyad) region: The Arida, Leqleqo, Sewan, Khirbet Beqer and Kopirlek villages were bombed and attacked with heavy weapons by the Turkish military in cooperation with ISIS
Hasakah Canton: The Zirgan district has been attacked, and a child named Tamim Faisal Hamad (11) was injured
Tel Temir: The villages of Gozeliyê, Tel Leben, Umm Khair, Til Tewîla Asûran and Selmase were attacked
Tirbe Sipiyê: Areas near the Syriac Sutoro Forces Academy in the village of Rotan were attacked
Executive Council of KNK,
August 16, 2022