Syrian government aircraft bombed Kurdish positions in the divided northeastern city of Hasakeh on Aug. 18, the first such strikes against a Kurdish-held area of Syria, an AFP correspondent reported.
The Kurds, who control much of northeastern and northern Syria along the Turkish border where they have proclaimed a so-called autonomous Kurdish region, recently demanded that the pro-government National Defense Forces disband in Hasakeh.
A government source in the city told AFP that the air strikes were “a message to the Kurds that they should stop this sort of demand that constitutes an affront to national sovereignty.”
Meanwhile, the U.N.’s Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, on Aug. 18 said ongoing fighting in besieged parts of the country had forced the organization to suspend its humanitarian aid convoys. De Mistura said convoys had been unable to reach parts of war-torn Syria for a month, especially Aleppo. “Tomorrow is World Humanitarian Day, but in Syria we witness conflict, attacks, barrel bombs, chlorine gas, air strikes and suicide attacks,” de Mistura told reporters in Geneva on Aug. 18. He said a 48-hour cease-fire in Aleppo would be the main focus of the U.N. task force.