Oct 10, 2019 18:15 UTC
  • Damascus vows to confront 'brutal' Turkish aggression by all legal means

Syria has censured Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest remarks concerning his keenness to protect Syrian people and their rights as far from reality, emphasizing that the Damascus government will respond to Turkey’s offensive into the northeastern part of the country through all available legal means.

“After his continuous support for terrorism in Syria, training, arming, protecting and sending terrorists to kill Syrians, the head of the Turkish regime came up today with statements that can only be made by a person detached from reality. He speaks of his commitment to protect Syrian people whilst he has the blood of the Syrian people killed by terrorists on his hands,” Syria’s official news agency SANA cited an unnamed source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates as saying in a statement on Thursday.

“Erdogan talks about his fear for Syrian people, protecting them and preserving their lives at the same time as he is attacking civilians in northern Syrian under the pretext of fighting terrorism. Erdogan’s regime hides behind humanitarian slogans when it is far alienated from them, and is responsible for committing massacre,” the source added.

The Syrian official further noted that the government will confront the Turkish aggression by all available legal means, stressing that the Syrian army’s fight against terrorism will not cease in the wake of remarks made by Erdogan and members of his clique.

“The task of protecting Syrian people lies with the Syrian Arab Army and the Syrian state, and no one else,” the source pointed out.

On Wednesday, Turkish military forces and Ankara-backed militants of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion of northeast Syria in a declared attempt to push Kurdish militants from the so-called People's Protection Units (YPG) away from border areas.

Ankara views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group, which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.

The YPG constitutes the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an anti-Damascus alliance of predominantly Kurdish militants.