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Syria’s Turkmen, Arab and Kurdish tribes united against YPG terrorists, council chairman says

Syria's Turkmen, Arab, and Kurdish tribes are united against all terrorist groups and their activities, including the PKK terrorist group's Syrian affiliate the People's Protection Units (YPG), chairman of the Council for Syrian Tribes and Clans said Wednesday.

Speaking at the opening of the council's branch office in southeastern Turkey's Şanlıurfa province, Chairman Rami Al Saleh told reporters that they had opened the office in Şanlıurfa to show unity and solidarity as Syrians.

Over a hundred tribal and religious leaders from Turkmen, Arab and Kurdish communities joined the opening ceremony.

Saying that YPG terrorists have continued to kill people in places they have occupied in Syria, Saleh noted: "The terrorist organization is slaughtering our relatives. Most recently they killed nine people. We, as Syrian Arabs, Turks and Kurds are against the terrorist group, we do not accept them. We will not leave the territories they have occupied to them."

Saleh asserted that they will not accept even a single terrorist member in Syrian territory, and thanked Turkey for its support to eradicate these threats from the region.

Vice Chairman Muhammed Kayr Eyüp said they have been united against the terrorist organization to give them a message, adding that Turkey has been very supportive in this aspect.

He noted that they have also opened offices in Syria's Azaz, Turkey's southeastern Gaziantep province and are planning to open another office in Kilis province in southeastern Turkey as well.

Eyüp noted that there were Kurdish, Turkish, Arab, Christian, Yazidi and Alawite members in the council, and all were united for the same cause which is to not allow the terrorist group to even breathe in Syria.

The YPG has managed to occupy one-third of Syria under the guise of fighting against Daesh with U.S. support.

Previously, Turkey targeted the YPG in two cross-border operations, Operation Euphrates Shield launched in August 2016 and Operation Olive Branch in January 2018, as well as through air and artillery strikes.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected severity.

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