Turkish drone strike kills one in Hasaka: Monitor


September 2, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


Erbil, Kurdistan Region.

One person is dead after a suspected Turkish drone targeted a vehicle on the outskirts of Hasaka in northeast Syria (Rojava) on Saturday, a local war monitor reported. 

The drone struck a vehicle on the main highway in northeast Syria’s Hasaka province, killing one person and injuring another, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based war monitor. 

“The targeting also led to burning and material damage at the site,” SOHR added. 

Turkish forces frequently conduct drone strikes on targets in northern Syria on the grounds that they have links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and pose a threat to Turkey. 

The PKK is an armed group fighting for the increased rights of Kurds in Turkey. Ankara considers the group and its alleged offshoots in Syria terrorist organizations and has carried out two major military operations against them since 2018. 

According to SOHR, Turkey has carried out 46 drone strikes on areas controlled by Kurdish forces in northern Syria since January, resulting in 54 deaths. On August 23, a Turkish drone strike on a vehicle on the Qamishli-Amuda road in Rojava killed at least one journalist and injured another.