ANKARA – Turkey will send special police units to the Syrian region of Afrin, in spite of the Saturday announced ceasefire. The Turkish deputy prime minister Bekir Bozdag said that the units are needed for a “new battle.” According to the Turkish news agency Dogan, the troops engage in battles in populated areas.
Turkey says that the cease-fire of the United Nations (UN) is not about his attack on the YPG in Afrin, but only on Eastern Ghouta. The UN Saturday after the election clearly let know that it is all over Syria, but terrorist groups are excluded. Turkey sees the YPG as a terrorist organization.
The French president Emmanuel Macron has his Turkish colleague Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a telephone conversation that the ceasefire is indeed for the whole of Syria. He has also said that France, the human rights situation in the country in the holes continues to hold, also in Afrin.