PYD calls for international investigation against Turkey's crimes

PYD denounced war crimes of the Turkish state in Afrin and called for international investigation and action.

The Democratic Union Party (PYD) released a statement on the acts perpetrated by the Turkish state forces in the territories they have invaded in North-East Syria. PYD remarked that the Turkish state has been using mercenaries in its occupation attacks against the region including Afrin, Gire Spi (Tal Abyad) and Serekaniye (Ras al-Ain) and trampling on all human and moral values during the attacks.

“War, too, has a law and rule. The Turkish state, however, respects no rules of battle,” said the statement.

Recalling that the Turkish-backed al-Hamzat group has kidnapped eight women from Afrin to extort ransom, PYD stressed that; “The practices of the Turkish state and their mercenaries are no different from the practices of ISIS.”

PYD called on the international community and authorities to fulfil their responsibilities against the war crimes committed by the Turkish state, saying; “An international investigation must be launched into the documented war crimes committed in the Turkish occupied regions such as Afrin, Serekaniye and Gire Spi. Furthermore, the international community must do their part to ensure the safe return of displaced people from Turkish occupied regions.”