Syrian Kurdish official calls for no-fly-zone over northern Syria


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Originally published at: Syrian Kurdish official calls for no-fly-zone over northern Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) - A senior Kurdish official told Kurdistan 24 on Wednesday that she would welcome a no-fly-zone over northern Syria because it would prevent any-kind of air attack by the Turkish military.

Speaking to Kurdistan 24, Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, the Kurdish co-head of the Defense Office in the self-administration of the north and east of Syria, welcomed this idea because it would also force the Turkish regime to reconsider their plans to launch a military operation east of the Euphrates.

“We would very much welcome that. We would welcome it even more if it could also include Afrin,” she added.

In reference to Afrin, the Ahmed criticized the Turkish operation and its violation of international law.

“Turkey had no legitimate reasons to attack Afrin,” Ahmed claimed, adding that "in international law, this is not allowed.”

Ahmed’s comments come just 48 hours after the U.S. envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, told reporters that Washington is looking to implement a no-fly-zone over northern Syria that would resemble the one they setup in Iraq in the 1990’s.

“Remember, we were present not in northern Iraq but over northern Iraq in Operation Northern Watch for 13 years. That can be a UN force. Under 2254, there is language on a UN-managed and operated ceasefire. That can be partner forces. That can be other countries’ forces,” he said.