Warsaw: Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces has begun to withdraw from the northern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the YPG, have announced that they have already left the fought-over border town of Ras al-Ain. “We no longer have any fighters in the city,” wrote an SDF spokesman on Twitter. The Turkish Ministry of Defence announced that it is following the withdrawal of the YPG. There are “no obstacles”.
The UK-based Syrian Human Rights Observatory reported that some 500 SDF fighters had completely withdrawn from the city. The dead and wounded had previously been brought out of the town. Turkey had given the Kurds until Tuesday to withdraw from the border area.
According to humanitarian aid workers, the situation in the border area is catastrophic. “Last week was very critical for hundreds of thousands of Syrians,” a spokesman for the Norwegian Refugee Council told reporters. They are living in fear and insecurity without knowing where the next bomb will explode. According to the United Nations, more than 165,000 people have been displaced by the fighting, including 70,000 children.
It is believed that more and more of them will flee to neighboring Iraq and other areas that are not prepared to receive displaced families. The situation in the Syrian camps is “extremely worrying”. Even before the Turkish invasion, 100,000 displaced persons had lived in the camps in the region. This only worked with the support of humanitarian aid workers – who have now fled from the Turkish military themselves.