SANLIURFA, Turkey (AA) - Many Syrian Kurds who fled the war and took refuge in Turkey are awaiting the day they will be able to return to their home country.
Nearly 30,000 Kurds from Syria's Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) and Manbij fled to Turkey after oppression from the terrorist groups PKK/PYD/YPG and Daesh.
Terrorist organizations forced us from our land by seizing all our goods using persecution, oppression, and threats, Valid Huseyin told Anadolu Agency.
Like so many Kurdish families who live in refugee camps in Suruc in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province, the PKK/PYD terrorist organization forced Huseyin and his family to flee their country.
Huseyin Ramazan Sacir, another Syrian Kurdish migrant living in Turkey, said: “The terrorist organization PYD/PKK forces our young people in Syria to fight and takes them to Afrin and other regions where they're organized."
“The terrorist organizations PYD/PKK and Daesh put pressure on us and stole our lives. We had nothing but the clothes on our backs when we fled the persecution of the PYD/PKK,” he added.
Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to rid Afrin, northwestern Syria of PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists.
According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.
The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.