He added: “If Turkey attacks one area, the war will spread to all areas … and everyone will be hurt.”
After airstrikes over the weekend, Turkish officials said suspected Kurdish fighters fired missiles into Turkey across the Syrian border on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring 10 others. Abdi denied an SDF attack on Turkish territory.
Russia’s presidential envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev, said Turkey should “show some restraint” to prevent an escalation in Syria, and expressed hope that “it will be possible to convince our Turkish partners to refrain from excessive use of force on Syrian territory.” .
Mazloum called on Moscow and Damascus, as well as the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, which is allied with Kurdish fighters in the region, to take a stronger stance to prevent a Turkish ground invasion, warning that the move could undermine efforts to combat the resurgence of IS.
“We can say that our work against IS with the international coalition has stopped because we are busy with Turkish attacks,” he said. “The Turkish attacks have also affected our coordination and work with the Russians on the ground.”
People look at a site damaged by Turkish airstrikes that hit a power plant in the village of Taql Baqli in Syria’s Hasakeh province.Credit:AP
Late on Wednesday, Turkish airstrikes also hit the al-Hawli camp in Hassakeh province, where tens of thousands of women, widows and children of Islamic State fighters are being held. SDF troops and a camp official said the strikes appeared to target security forces responsible for keeping the crime-ridden camp safe.
Sheikhmous Ahmad, a Kurdish official who monitors camps for displaced people in northeastern Syria, said some detainees tried to escape.
“The security forces are currently in control of the al-Hawli camp, but that could change if these attacks continue and the detainees could disperse in the area,” Ahmad told the AP. “It would also threaten international security, not just our own.”
A spokesman for the US Central Command said one of Turkey’s strikes on Tuesday hit US personnel within 300 metres, adding: “These strikes continue to put US forces at risk.” He declined to say where the hit site was located.
Turkish airstrikes, which have killed several Syrian army soldiers operating in the same area as SDF forces, have also threatened to disrupt the emerging rapprochement between Damascus and Ankara. The two have been on opposing sides in Syria’s civil war, but have begun low-level talks in recent months.
Smoke rises from an oil base hit by the Turkish air force near the Syrian city of Qamishli. Credit: AP
Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkey Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said events would likely culminate in a Turkish invasion of Syria, but perhaps not immediately.
“I think Ankara is aligning the two stars needed to invade Syria, the stars are the American star and the Russian star,” Cagaptay said, noting that Washington and its allies need Turkey’s support to grant Finland and Sweden NATO membership. Russia is pushing for a deal between Ankara and Damascus that could “end the war” in Syria.