Kurdish envoy says int'l community ignores Turkish war crimes
(MENAFN) On Monday, a top Turkish envoy said that the international community is "spectators" as Turkish-led troops commit war crimes in Syria.
Khaled Issa, who represents the Kurdish rebel authority in France, accused foreign powers of abandoning the Kurds who have been allies on the ground in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.
"There's a moral responsibility for the international community in the face of an unjustified and illegal aggression," Issa said, referring to the Turkish-led offensive on the former Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin.
"What is happening in Afrin is ethnic cleansing and the great powers are spectators," added Issa, who represents the "Rojava self-ruled Democratic Administration" which runs areas under Kurdish control in northern Syria.
Turkey-backed FSA militia swept into Afrin town on Sunday, raising their and Turkish flags in the town centre and declaring full control after an eight-week campaign to drive out Kurdish YPG fighters. Mustafa said civilians still in Afrin town were facing threats from the Turkey-backed groups.
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