The institutions of the Autonomous Administration and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently experiencing a surge in discontent among their Syrian members, particularly from officials associated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) of foreign nationalities. This dissatisfaction stems from the ongoing escalation by the Turkish forces in northeastern Syria.
The Turkish military has intensified its operations, targeting locations affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and SDF in northern Syria and Iraq. This escalation is in response to the killing of Turkish soldiers in Iraqi Kurdistan, marking a continuation of Ankara’s air campaign against these groups, which it categorizes as terrorist organizations.
Sources within the SDF and the Autonomous Administration informed Syria TV that PKK leaders and SDF officials of non-Syrian origin are seeking refuge from Turkish attacks in shelters, tunnels, and secure facilities. Meanwhile, they are urging Syrian members and employees to remain committed to their duties and stay in their assigned centers.
Since Friday, Turkey has launched numerous airstrikes on military installations, oil stations, infrastructure, and various targets associated with the Autonomous Administration in northeastern Syria. An employee at the Rmeilan fields in Hasakeh countryside expressed concern, stating that these attacks put the lives of military personnel and workers at risk. Despite this, PKK officials are pressuring Syrian employees to continue working while they reside in undisclosed safe areas.
Although the SDF initially evacuated most of its sites and facilities, there was a reversal of the decision, compelling Syrian personnel and employees to adhere to their duties despite the ongoing shelling.
A worker at the Suwaidiyah oil station in the Hasakeh countryside, under the control of the Autonomous Administration, revealed that all employees were compelled to stay at the station even after it was bombed. Despite warnings of potential renewed targeting, the station was indeed bombed the following day, prompting a complete evacuation by employees.
Some employees disclosed that despite the threats, many did not comply with the decisions of their officials and chose to be absent from work in service and security institutions.
Syria TV sources reported that the PKK and SDF relocated senior military and security officials to the city of Hasakeh a day before the PKK launched an attack on Turkish army bases in northern Iraq.
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