Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is considering launching a ground offensive in Syria. Explain this to reporters. Meanwhile, Kurdish militants reported explosions in the eastern countryside of Aleppo and in the Kobani region.
Turkey carried out several airstrikes from Saturday night to Sunday against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq and Syria. At least 35 people have been killed, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Kurdish militias later announced reprisals.
Turkey sees the air strikes as a response to the attack in Istanbul a week ago that killed six people. Although the investigation into the attack is not yet complete, Ankara is convinced that the YPG and the PKK were responsible for the attack. Turkey’s Defense Ministry wrote on Twitter on Monday that the traitors would be held accountable for their actions.
Erdogan also told reporters on Monday that “there is no doubt that this operation is not limited to an air operation.” “The relevant authorities, our Ministry of Defense and our Chief of Staff will jointly decide to what extent our ground forces should be deployed,” the president said, referring to the ongoing “consultations”. “We have already warned: We will make those who attack us on our lands pay the price.”
Ankara stated that missiles were fired from Syria towards Turkey on Sunday evening and Monday morning. Three people were killed in Gaziantep province.