UN Security Council to Discuss Turkey Shelling Syria

UN Security Council to Discuss Turkey Shelling Syria
Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:58:02

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is to hold a closed-door meeting over Turkey’s recurrent artillery bombardment of Kurdish positions on Syrian soil.

The council will convene on Tuesday via a request from Russia, which has voiced concerns over Turkey’s shelling of Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria.

Meanwhile, Ankara targeted YPG positions for the third consecutive day in an attempt to stop Kurdish forces from reaching the Syrian border town of A’zaz.

"The Russian delegation is deeply concerned by the use of force by Turkey against the Syrian territory," read a Russian email request, viewed by Reuters, to the Security Council for holding the meeting in which a senior UN official will present a brief over the situation to the council.

Ankara regards the YPG and its affiliate the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) as an ally of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s.

The YPG, which controls nearly Syria’s entire northern border with Turkey, has been fighting against the Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) Takfiri terrorist group.

France and the US have also called on Turkey to halt its military offensive on Kurdish regions in Syria, Press TV reported.

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