KOBANE – The Russian government seem to support a recent offensive of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to retake Manbij city from ISIS, and to stop ISIS fighters from organizing attacks on European territory.
“Kurdish militias from the Syrian Democratic Forces, active in the north with the aid of the US-led coalition’s air force, have also declared the start of a campaign to liberate Raqqa. Importantly, Kurdish militias have ousted ISIS from several towns along the Euphrates and approached Manbij in the northeast of the Aleppo province,” Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.
The Russian government also accused Syrian rebel groups of killing over 40 civilians in the Kurdish neighbourhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo with support from Turkey. “The attacks involve up to 2,000 jihadi fighters. According to media reports, they are under Turkish military instructors’ command,” she told a press conference earlier on Friday.
Speaking to ARA News, SDF spokesman Sharvan Darwish accused the Turkey-backed rebels of trying to take revenge against the SDF-project, after several failures to defeat the SDF forces in the Kurdish district of Afrin.
“As a result 1,000 civilians were killed and injured by missiles, and they [pro-Turkey rebels] bomb civilians with gas canisters,” he said.
“Sheikh Maqsoud is a Kurdish neighbourhood, but Arab IDPs live there, fled from other areas, who are now being bombed by these groups. The neighbourhood is attacked by two sides: the Syrian regime and FSA rebels,” he told ARA News.
Recently, heavy clashes broke out between SDF-forces and Syrian opposition rebels near Sheikh Issa in the Aleppo province.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News
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