Netanyahu: Israel prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the Kurdish people
BREAKING: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemns Turkey’s invasion of the Kurdish areas in Syria and says that Israel is prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the Kurdish people.
“Israel strongly condemns the Turkish invasion of the Kurdish areas in Syria and warns against the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey and its proxies. Israel is prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the gallant Kurdish people,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
Earlier, more than a hundred IDF reserve officers approached PM Netanyahu and Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi to request that they do everything possible to prevent the massacre of Kurds by the Turks in Syria.
“We, as Israelis and Jews, must stand against this,” they wrote in a letter.
Earlier on Thursday, Erdogan bragged that the Turkish military has killed 109 YPG/SDF Kurdish troops, as the defense ministry announced two border villages had been ‘cleared of terrorists,’ referring to the Kurdish troops, main US ally who fought against ISIS.
“The operation is currently continuing with the involvement of all our units… 109 terrorists have been killed so far,” Erdogan said in a speech to members of his AK Party in Ankara.
Erdogan has threatened Europe he will send 3.6 million Muslim refugees to the continent if the invasion of Syria is defined as an occupation.
‘Hey EU, wake up. I say it again: if you try to frame our operation there as an invasion, our task is simple: we will open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants to you,’ Erdogan said in a speech to parliament.
The invasion has been widely condemned around the world, with European leaders and President Trump warning Erdogan against attacking Syria, saying its air assault was “a bad idea” not backed by the United States, and calling on Ankara to protect religious minorities.
Earlier this week, the White House gave the green light to a long-threatened Turkish invasion into a Kurdish-held area in Syria, moving US forces out in an abrupt foreign policy change, abandoning its longtime military partners who fought ISIS, the Kurds.
The SDF, led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), has denounced Washington’s move as a “stab in the back”.