According to reports, the PKK/YPG militants have begun excavating new tunnels along the Turkey-Syria border.
Tunnels are being built in Qamishli, Al-Darbasiyah, Al-Malikiyah, and Ain al-Arab, according to Anadolu Agency (AA).
According to field reporters, the PKK/YPG excavate tunnels to penetrate Turkey and undertake terrorist assaults, a method stolen from the Daesh terror organisation.
Entrances to the tunnel network are located only 2 kilometers (around 1.25 miles) from the border.
Construction of the tunnel network has caused significant damage to the region’s infrastructure, the sources noted.
The terror group, operating from Syria’s adjacent Tal Rifaat and Manbij regions, often carries out attacks in Jarablus, Azaz, Afrin and al-Bab.
The terrorists dig temporary living space with electricity and water available in order to resist the Turkish military operations, Anadolu Agency (AA) said.
During Operation Peace Spring, Turkish military forces had found various tunnels in Ras al-Ain and the entrances were destroyed by airstrikes and artillery attacks.
Turkey has aimed to prevent the YPG from establishing a de facto autonomous region in northern Syria, which would border Turkey and connect the so-called northwestern Afrin canton to the so-called Kobani (Ain al-Arab) and Jazeera cantons in the northeast. Ankara describes this as a “terror corridor” posing a grave security threat to its national security, underlining its possible impact on the PKK’s activity within Turkish borders.
Locals living in YPG-held regions have long faced horrors, since the terrorist organisation has a lengthy history of human rights violations in Syria, including kidnappings, recruitment of child soldiers, torture, ethnic cleansing, and forced relocation.
The PKK — designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union – has been responsible for the murders of 40,000 people, including women, children, and babies, throughout its more than 40-year terror campaign against Turkey.