March 12, 2018 / 03:43 PM
Francois Holland trying to create no-fly zone are over Afrin

Former French President, Francois Holland, on Sunday said Turkish army and allied Syrian rebels are attacking a force in Afrin who help the coalition to execute its anti-Islamic State mission and stated that he is seeking to create a no-fly zone over the Kurdish city.

According to Le Figaro Holland said during a meeting with Xalid Isa, the Paris representative of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) that he wants to use his influence on Turkey, asking France and other states to back Kurds and bring an end to Turkey attck that has already led to the death of 240 civilians.

Holland, in a statement, added that various issues had been discussed in the meeting with Isa, but the main issue was efforts to end the Turkish air strikes on Afrin and the creation of a no-fly-zone over Afrin for Turkey.

Those who are attacked today were helpful to the anti-IS coalition in Raqqa, he added. “During our work with the coalition forces in Syria and Iraq, during my tenure as President, we were in constant contact with the Kurds.”

Xalid Isa, for his part, said that during the resistance of Kobane, France was the first country to provide international support. He said that he expects the same sensitivity for Afrin will be shown today.

Turkey launched operation "Olive Branch" on January 20 against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin, supporting Syrian opposition fighters with ground troops and air strikes.

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