Germany to ban arms export to Turkey amid bombardment of northern Syria – Syria


Germany has banned arms exports to Turkey as a response to the nation’s assault on the Kurdish YPG militia in northeast Syria, a international ministry spokeswoman mentioned on Saturday.

Turkey launched the navy operation on Wednesday days after U.S. troops pulled again from the realm, with air strikes and artillery hitting YPG militia positions near the border.

Turkey’s actions have drawn widespread international criticism and warnings from the USA and European Union of potential sanctions.

“Towards the backdrop of the Turkish navy offensive… , the Federal Authorities won’t challenge any new permits for all navy tools that may very well be utilized by Turkey in Syria”, International Minister Heiko Maas mentioned, in response to the spokeswoman.

The remark confirmed a report in weekly Bild Am Sonntag.

Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer mentioned on Friday that Germany anticipated all NATO companions – which embody Turkey – to contribute to stabilizing the area.

Germany exported arms price 243 million euros ($268 million) to Turkey in 2018, accounting for nearly one third of its weapons exports, in response to Bild Am Sonntag.

Kurdish fighters with the American-backed SDF during a funeral for comrades killed in fighting agains tISIS in Hukumya, Syria, 2017.
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Within the first 4 months of 2019, Turkey obtained weapons from Germany price 184 million euros, making it the most important recipient nation, the paper mentioned.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) mentioned a Turkish assault in northern Syria had revived Islamic State and known as on allied states that helped combat the jihadist group to shut off air house to Turkish battle planes.

In a televised assertion, senior SDF official Redur Xelil mentioned the SDF was persevering with to cooperate with the U.S.-led coalition in opposition to Islamic State even because it should now additionally confront the Turkish assault on northern Syria.

“The Turkish invasion is now not threatening the revival of Daesh (Islamic State), slightly it has revived it and activated its cells in Qamishli and Hasaka and all the opposite areas,” Xelil mentioned, noting automobile bombs in every of the cities within the final day.

“We’re nonetheless cooperating till now with the worldwide coalition to combat Daesh. We are actually preventing on two fronts: one entrance in opposition to the Turkish invasion and a entrance in opposition to Daesh,” he mentioned.

Kurdish protesters carry a banner during a demonstration against Turkey's military action in northeastern Syria, in Berlin, Germany, October 12, 2019.
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Xelil mentioned SDF fighters who had been defending coalition forces in Syria for 4 years had been now “being martyred by Turkish warplanes in entrance of the eyes of the allies” whom he mentioned had “all of a sudden and with out forewarning deserted us”.

It was an obvious reference to a U.S. transfer to withdraw forces from a part of the border now being focused by Turkey.

“We don’t need them to ship their troops to the frontlines … all we would like is that they shut the air house to Turkish planes and so they can do that simply”, he mentioned.

Noting Islamic State automobile bomb assaults in Qamishli and Hasaka and Turkish shelling of a jail in Qamishli that the SDF mentioned allowed some ISIS detainees to escape, Xelil mentioned: “Regardless of all of this the world remains to be ignoring this actuality and ignoring this coming hell”.

If the Turkish assault continued, SDF priorities would change on the subject of guarding ISIS detainees and “we’ll transfer to guard our cities and our folks”, Xelil mentioned in reply to a query.