He added: “If Turkey attacks one region, the war will spread to all regions … and everyone will be hurt.”
Following the weekend’s airstrikes, Turkish officials said suspected Kurdish militants fired rockets across the Syrian border into Turkey on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring 10 others. Abdi denied that SDF had struck on Turkish territory.
Russian Presidential Envoy to Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said Turkey “must show a certain restraint” to avoid an escalation in Syria and expressed hope that “it will be possible to convince our Turkish partners to refrain of excessive force on Syrian territory”. .
Mazloum called on Moscow and Damascus, as well as the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, allied with Kurdish fighters in the area, to take a stronger stance to prevent a Turkish ground invasion prevent, and warned that such an action could harm efforts to counter an IS resurgence.
“We can say that our work against IS with the international coalition has stopped because we are dealing with the Turkish attacks,” he said. “Our coordination and cooperation with the Russians on the ground has also been affected by the Turkish attacks.”
Late Wednesday evening, Turkish airstrikes also took place near the al-Hawl camp in Hassakeh province, where tens of thousands of the wives, widows and children of Islamic State militants are being held. SDF troops and a camp official said the attacks appeared to target security forces responsible for keeping the crime-ridden camp safe.
Sheikhmous Ahmad, a Kurdish official who oversees displaced persons camps in northeastern Syria, said some detainees tried to escape.
“The security forces currently control the al-Hawl camp, but that could change if these attacks continue and the detainees disperse in the area,” Ahmad told the AP. “This would also threaten international security, not just our own.”
A spokesman for the US Central Command said one of the Turkish strikes on Tuesday came within 300 yards of US personnel, adding: “These attacks continue to endanger US forces.” He refused to say where the affected spot was.
The Turkish airstrikes, which have killed a number of Syrian army soldiers operating in the same area as SDF forces, also threaten to disrupt a burgeoning rapprochement between Damascus and Ankara. The two faced each other in Syria’s civil war, but have launched low-level talks in recent months.
Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish research program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said the unfolding events “are likely to culminate in a Turkish incursion into Syria,” but perhaps not immediately.
“I think Ankara aligns the two stars needed for an invasion of Syria, the stars are the American star and the Russian star,” Cagaptay said, noting that Washington and its allies need Turkey’s support to to give NATO membership to Finland and Sweden, while Russia angles an Ankara-Damascus deal that could end the war in Syria.