Turkish attacks on civilian settlements in Rojava continue – numerous service institutions out of service

This report is compiled by two articles published by North Press Agency on 14 and 15 January, 2024

The occupying Turkish state continues to bomb civilian areas in Rojava. At least 56 locations have been the target of attacks in the last 48 hours. The Executive Council of Cizîr Canton Democratic Autonomous Administration announced that many service institutions were rendered out of service after the latest attacks of the occupying Turkish state.

The Executive Council of Cizîr Canton Democratic Autonomous Administration made a press statement in front of Mihemed Şêxo Culture and Art Centre in Qamishlo about the latest wave of Turkish attacks on the region which followed the serious blow suffered by the Turkish army in its war against guerrilla forces in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Turkish attacks on northern Syria have been going on since Friday night, targeting not only residential areas but also service institutions.

The press statement was read by Talet Yûnis, Co-Chair of the Executive Council, and Gulistan Îsmaîl, Co-Chair of the Board of Education and Training.

The statement said that the Turkish army bombed infrastructure, services and strategic places in Dêrik, Tirbespiyê, Rimêlan and Çilaxa districts of Cizir Canton between 12-14 December. As a result of the ongoing attacks, service organisations providing water, electricity and agriculture to the region were left out of service, it noted.

The Executive Council pointed out that these attacks, which violate international law, hinder efforts to fight terrorism, vowing that solidarity and resistance will be strengthened in the face of the attacks, the gains of the revolution will be protected, and the plans for displacement and demographic change in the region will be foiled.

The Cizîr Canton Democratic Autonomous Administration called on the active forces in Syria, the international community, legal and humanitarian organisations to stop the attacks of the occupying Turkish state and to hold it to account for its crimes against humanity.

The Executive Council also called on the people of the region to unite around their institutions and protect the gains of the revolution.

After suffering heavy blows in its war against the guerrilla in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq), the Turkish state directed its attacks against civilian infrastructure and service institutions in Rojava.

Houses bombed in Qamishlo

This morning, a house was bombed in Sina neighbourhood in the east of Qamishlo city in Cizir Canton. No more detailed information about the attack has been received yet.

A few minutes later, another house close to the city centre market was bombed.

Power station attacked

A third attack took place against the Qamishlo power station. The attack caused major damage to the station.

Petrol station attacked in Tirbespiyê

Another airstrike was carried out against Udê petrol station in Tirbespiyê district of Cizir Canton.

Warehouse and power station bombed in Rimelan

In Rimêlan in Qamishlo canton, a warehouse and power station with oil well materials were targeted by the attacks. Material damage occurred as a result of the bombardment.

Seven villages attacked in Zirgan

The Turkish state and its gangs launched a bombardment on the villages of Til El Werd and El Rebîat in the south of Zirgan district of Hesekê canton and the villages of Mihermele, Dada Ebdal, Bobî, Til Hirmil and Esediyê in the west and northwest with heavy weapons at 11.00 local time. Vineyards and gardens belonging to civilians were damaged in the attacks.

Wedding hall bombed in Dirbêsiyê

A wedding hall was bombed in Dirbêsiyê district of Hesekê canton. Detailed information about the attack could not be obtained.

Turkey also bombed a power station in Dirbêsiyê. In the last two days, war crimes have been committed by directly targeting power stations in Amûdê, Dêrik, Qamishlo, Tirbespiyê, Kobanê and Ain Issa.

Grain silos bombed in Til Temir

At around 09.00 local time, the occupying Turkish state shelled the grain silos in Um Kêf village of Til Temir with heavy weapons.

Balance sheet for the past 48 hours

The occupying Turkish state escalated its attacks against North-East Syria on 12 January, following the large-scale attacks it had carried out in December.

The attacks targeted power, oil and gas facilities, as well as factories, security posts, mills, agricultural centres, wheat silos and workplaces.

According to ANHA, 56 areas were attacked by warplanes and UCAVs in the last 48 hours. In these attacks, 6 citizens, including 2 children aged 3 and 4 and a journalist, were wounded and 5 Syrian soldiers were killed.

The Euphrates Canton Energy Office announced that as a result of the attacks on power stations in Kobanê and Ain Issa, electricity was cut off in both cities and 660 villages.