The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said he hoped that the Kurdish-held Syrian city of Afrin would fall by the evening to Turkish forces who have surrounded it, AFP reported.
The spokesperson of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin called it a sign of confusion by Erdogan.
"We have got a little bit closer to Afrin. I hope that Afrin will, God willing, have completely fallen by the evening," Erdogan told supporters in a speech in Ankara.
“Erdogan's threats are a proof of his confusion and disturbance at the resistance of our forces and people in Afrin, which Erdogan did not expect at the beginning of the attack,” Brusk Hasakah, the spokesperson of YPG in Afrin said in a statement published by ANHA.
“In addition, they represent his concern about the repercussions of the attack on the internal Turkish level and its relationship with the international parties, which cannot be silent about those attacks and his support for the terrorist factions that are committing the most heinous crimes against our villages and people in Afrin,” he said.
“We know that Erdogan himself promised at the beginning of the attack to occupy the entire of Afrin within three hours. Then, he changed his promise to claim his occupation within three days,” he added.
“We are now on the fifty-fourth day and our forces continue to counter attacks by the Turkish army and its mercenaries. Moreover, we will cost them a large number of dead and equipment, and we will continue to resist no matter what will cost,” he concluded.
Kurdish civilians in Afrin have confirmed to the Region that until now the Turkish army has not entered Afrin, nor surrounded the Afrin city. Yesterday, a solidarity convoy of Kurds from other parts of northern Syria entered Afrin.
Mohammed Kamal, 48, a civilian from Afrin, told the Region on Monday evening that the situation in Afrin is dire.
“There is bombing in Afrin city, and armed groups and the Turkish army are getting close to the east side of the city, this is big danger on the city, and kids and women are fleeing towards the area of Sherawa, towards the mountain,” he said.
“They can’t go to Aleppo, because the regime will not allow them,” he said.
“Turkey is bombing it, and the goal of Turkey is to empty the area, as it did in Jindiris, Bilbil and Sharra,” he added.
“The attitude of YPG is resistance to the end and we do not know what will happen in the end, but hope that the attitudes of countries such as Europe and America will be changed to stop the Turkish attacks,” he concluded.