Armed terrorists cross from Turkey to Syria fight against the Kurds
At least 500 Muslim militants crossed the Turkish border, headed for the Syrian town of Azaz in northern Aleppo province where opposition forces have suffered setbacks at the hands of Kurdish fighters.
“At least 500 rebels have crossed the Bab al-Salam border crossing on their way to the town of Azaz, from which they want to help the insurgents in the face of gains made by Kurdish forces in the north of the province,” the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel, told Agence France-Presse.
They included rebels as well as radical fighters, all of them armed, he said.
Almost 350 militants were also reported to have passed through the Atme border crossing armed with heavy and light weapons. Russian airstrikes supplemented the Syrian army and allied forces in northern Aleppo province to push back these terrorist groups.
Kurdish forces have been taking ground in the fragmented region, most notably the city of Tal Rifaat.
The militants now hold only the town of Azaz, not far from the Turkish border, and to the south Marea, encircled by Kurdish forces to the west and Daesh (Islamic State) terrorists to the east.
Turkey, which supports the groups opposing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has continued shelling the Kurds’ positions.
The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, warned that escalating military activity in Syria and threats of further use of force risked derailing efforts to reconvene peace talks and find a political solution to the five-year-old war.
Ban was delivering his first report to the UN Security Council on implementation of a council resolution adopted in December that endorsed a peace process for Syria, including a ceasefire and talks between the Damascus government and opposition.
The resolution was supported by 17 key countries supporting opposing sides of the Syrian conflict who agreed to a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria within a week.