Residents of the Turkish-Syrian border area see danger as they expect to calm


Schools in the Turkish city of Akcakale, on the border with Syria, sat on Thursday as it was too risky for students to come together in one place.

Kurdish forces left behind a basic understanding of Akcakale schools: attending classes in the morning: students from Turkey attend classes in the morning and Syrian children go in the evening. But now no one was afraid.

A few days earlier, a mortar shell from Syria broke through a window in the Akcakale apartment building, killing an 8-month-old child and leaving another three in critical condition.

The apartment had suffered the biggest damage rented by the Syrian people who fled eight years of war in their home country between forces for and against the government of President Bashar Assad, said Ahmet Toran, Turkish building contractor it belongs to the building.

“What crime might that child have?” Toran said. “They just wanted to build a life somewhere, and in one minute their lives were destroyed.”

A fire break announced her Thursday at the US and Turkey Thursday, to a large extent, that there was at least some hope for residents along the border between Turkey and Syria who suffered t their resulting communities fighting between Turkish and Kurdish forces nearby. Officials said that Kurdish militias, who were US colleagues, would have a five day break until President Trump decided to set aside to allow Turkey to proceed from a 20 mile buffer from the border.

In recent years, Turkish troops, tanks and other hardware have entered Syria, together with ten thousand Syrian rebel fighters under Turkish command. Turkish officials in Ankara say that they want to protect their citizens and start setting up Syrian refugees in their country.

At a border wall separating Akcakale from Syrian town, Tal Abyad, a pickup truck was drawn up this week under a guard tower which was guarded by Turkish soldiers. Half a dozen young men from Syria put their seat on a seat, some inside the cab, others in the bed hitting the machine located. They contrasted on the back before going back, following the wall to a gap where they could enter Syria. A steady stream of Syrian teenagers put pictures in front of the wall that the rebel flag was up.

Hassun's Confession, 57, said that it usually works in construction, but that the fight had ended in the last week. He left his village in 2014 near Suluk in Syria, about 12 miles from Akcakale, after Islamist fighters have gained control.

“There was no wall back then, we walked across. All of us thought we would be going back soon, ”he said.

Hassun welcomed the word that the Turkish forces had control of Tal Abyad, and it was hoped that they would take longer and build his village as well.

“There's no good way to live here (in Akcakale) for me,” he said. “Back home I had fields. I could work those again. ”

At Akcakale city hall, the Mayor of Mustafa Yalcinkaya He didn't blew this week at another mortar blast sound. He said Syria is not his foreign land. Like much of Akcakale's population, he has a family stretched on the other side.

There are more than 3.5 million Syrians living in Turkey, along the border in towns like Akcakale, where the population went from 115,000 before the war to 250,000. Ankara has justified its invasion on the basis that the Syrian Arabs should be relocated to where they lived prior to the emergence of the Kurdish militias.

For many Kurds, the Kurdish militias and their headquarters are an inspiration in the northeast of Syria.

There are cotton fields alongside the border road which stretch back from Akcakale to Suruc. The villagers pack cotton in huge trucks for sale in nearby Sanliurfa markets, even when they are surrounded by war.

Five years ago along the road, Kurds who lived in Turkey crossed into Kobani, a mainly Kurdish city, to fight with Islamic State militants, in a battle won with US air power.

Turkish forces looked at hills as Kurds fought with an Islamic State. Ankara allowed Kurdish peshmerga fighters to transit through Turkey and an Islamic State went into Kobani, but Turkey never participated in the battle.

For many Kurds, Kobani was a sign that Turkey looked at Kurdish nationalism as a threat to the Islamic State. The victory in Kobani helped the Kurdistan Workers Party emergency, or PKK, a guerrilla separatist group who had fought a war for many years against the government in Ankara. In addition, it brought the state's excitement to pro-Kurdish political waves which had affected PKK resistance.

“The United States helped the Kurds during the revolution in Kobani, but now they have abandoned them,” said Suruc's colleague Abdullah Polat, an ethnic Kurd. “People have lost confidence in the United States, because they keep their mind changing with every tweet.”

One hundred miles east of the front line of this war, another border town mayor was behind the Turkish invasion.

“Of course, we stand beside our soldiers and our people,” said Abdullah Aksak, the mayor of Ceylanpinar, who is in the town of Ros na Iran, a foreign town.

Aksak was standing on a hill above Ceylanpinar on Tuesday, and Aksak was the Turkish news cameras, who enthusiastically broadcast the fight. Two children, Aksak, said that a mortar blast was killed in a nearby village that day, and 80 mortars were dropped in the area the previous day.

“They are not focused on armed forces; they are directed directly at civilians, ”said Aksak. “We are not fighting with a state; we are fighting with a terrorist group. This is not war; this is an operation against a terrorist group. ”

Farooq is a special correspondent.


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