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97 Humanitarian organizations in Syria condemn Turkey's invasion

Joint Statement by 97 humanitarian organizations active in North-East Syria

On Unilateral Turkish Military Intervention in the Region

As active representatives of local and regional actors engaged in supporting humanitarian work within North-East Syria, the 97 signatory organizations to this statement have closely followed the developments of the Turkish military operations in North-East Syria since 9 October 2019. The affected area is home to millions of people in addition to many IDPs from other areas of the country.

With growing concern, we have witnessed significant displacement since the campaign began with cross-border bombardment, as well as the direct targeting of vital infrastructure including water sources and grain silos. We have received field reports about civilian casualties as the result of military operations instigated by the Turkish army accompanied by Syrian partner armed factions. Contrary to rhetoric of creating a “safe zone”, this operation risks escalating into wide-scale conflict, which will have disastrous humanitarian consequences for North-East Syria and beyond.

The concerted attempts of the Turkish military and Syrian partners to invade villages, towns and cities in North-East Syria will cause devastating results, and we are concerned about the possible consequences for ethnic and sectarian conflict, as well as the reactivation and empowerment of ISIS sleeper cells, which will once again de-stabilize the region and endanger its stability and social coexistence. This troubling atmosphere could lead to the displacement of millions of civilians and emptying the region from its original residents.

Turkish soldiers and Turkish-backed Syrian fighters outside the border town of Ras al-Ain Saturday during their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria.Credit Nazeer Al-Khatib/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

We as actors engaged in humanitarian work in the area condemn the Turkish military attack which aims at invading these safe regions and we assert the following points:

• The international community should exert pressure on Turkey to bring an end to its unilateral military operation in North-East Syria;

• All actors should steer away from violence and apply the language of dialogue in resolving the conflict through international diplomatic mediation;

• Mechanisms of internationally guaranteed humanitarian protection should be applied to the affected regions of North-East Syria;

• We firmly oppose any Turkish action aimed at demographic change and threatening social cohesion in the region;

• We call on international organizations and organizations operating in the region to assist in providing shelter and urgent humanitarian aid for IDPs.

1. Ashna Youth Organization

2. Ashti center for building peace

3. ASO Center for Consultancy and Strategic Studies

4. ASO Media Network

5. Assyrian Association for Aid and Development


7. Ahmed Khani Association in the Netherlands

8. Al Furat Center for Studies

9. Al Jazeera Charity Association in Raqqa

10. Al Watan Charity Association

11. Amouda Charity Association

12. Arab National Commission

13. Ararat For Development

14. ARAS Charity

15. Avahi Civil Society Organization

16. Azura Al-Furat Organization

17. Baladna organization for civil society

18. Balsam Center for Health Education

19. Bayti Baytak Organization

20. Beginning organization

21. Ber Çav Organization

22. Better hope for Tabqa

23. Brotherhood Foundation for Human Rights

24. Chechen Society

25. Citizenship and National Peace Committees in Sweida

26. Common Ground Organization

27. Council of Women in Northern and Eastern Syria

28. Dan Relief and Development

29. Darbasiyah Charitable Society

30. SAM Development Organization

31. Dirna Association for Development

32. DOZ Organization

33. Eco mesopotamia organisation

34. Eridu center for civil society and democracy

35. Farah Organization for Rehabilitation and Development

36. Foundation of the Free Woman in Rojava

37. Furat Organization

38. Garaki Lagi Charity Association

39. Gav Organization for subsidy and development

40. Hevî Charity Association in Sere kanye

41. Hitma Organization for Cultural and Social Development

42. Human Rights Organization in Al-jazeera

43. Human rights organization in jazeera

44. Jiyan Charity Association

45. Joan Development Organization in Dohuk

46. Joan Organization for Awareness and Development

47. Jomard Charity

48. Kurdish Committee for Human Rights / RASID

49. Kurdish Red Crescent

50. Lawir For protection and development of livestock

51. Mahabad Organization for Human Rights MOHR

52. Mary Organization in Deir Ezzor

53. Metan Center for Civil Society Revival

54. Mezopotamya Development Studies- MDS

55. My Childhood Organization

56. Nabid Team

57. National Organization for Human Rights in Syria


59. Omid for development and revival of civil society

60. Organization of Emaar Mansoura

61. Peace and Freedom Center for Civil Society and Human Rights


63. PÊL- Civil Waves

64. Psychiatrists Without Borders

65. Qandeel Al - Amal Charity Association

66. Ref Al-Yaurbiya Association

67. RojAva Organization for Relief and Development

68. SAMA Organization

69. Sanad for Peacebuilding

70. Sara organization to combat violence against women

71. Sanabel Euphrates Development Organization

72. Scoop Organization

73. Shams Al-Furat Organization

74. Shams Organisation For Rehabilitation And Development

75. Shar Organization for Development

76. Share center for development

77. Shawishka association for women

78. Slav Center for Civil Activities

79. SMART Center for Mental Health and Human Development

80. SREO for monitoring and evaluation

81. Stêr Development Organization

82. Syriac Union

83. Syrian Information Technology Club

84. Syrian Medical Relief

85. Syrian Women Council

86. Syrians for Truth and Justice-STJ

87. T Marbouta Foundation

88. Tamazight Women's Movement

89. Tender Without Borders Foundation

90. Tender Without Borders Organization

91. Tevîn Forum for Thought and Culture

92. Together for Amouda

93. Union of Syrian Kurdish Societies in the Netherlands

94. Women's Democratic Network

95. Yazidi House in Al-Jazeera region

96. Yazidi Union of Syria

97. Demo Solutions Organization

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