Kurds in Syria are following the Turkish strikes.

Kurds in northern Syria who woke to deadly Turkish air strikes overnight expressed fear and anger at the United States, accusing them of abandoning them after they spearheaded the fight against the Islamic State group.

“We are scared because we have already been through this,” said Mohammed Rajab, who fled the northern city of Afrin during the Turkish offensive four years ago.

“We are in God’s hands and there is nothing else we can do,” he said.

After a night of strikes in northern and northeastern Syria — mainly targeting the city of Kobane and its surroundings — Ankara said Sunday it had carried out raids against the bases of outlawed Kurds in northern Syria and Iraq.

Turkey blames the PKK for a bomb that killed six people and injured 81 in Istanbul a week ago.

The Syrian Democratic Force, the defacto army of the Kurdish administration in northeastern Syria, provided crucial assistance to the US-led coalition.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a terror group linked to the PKK, is considered the main component by Turkey, whose soldiers are present in northern Syria.

Turkey has intensified its threats to launch a broad operation against the Kurds.

Abir Mohammed, who runs a sweet shop in the city, said that activity in the city stopped when threats were made.

Turkey launched three operations in Syria’s north, targeting Kurdish militias and groups, and taking control of the region.

Donald Trump withdrew US forces from parts of the country’s northeast in 2019.

Dozens of people held a brief protest in Al-Malikiyah on Sunday, condemning the Turkish attacks but also Washington’s abandonment.

Some people waved Kurdish flags or held pictures of the PKK leader.

One protester yelled “Death to America” in an area where the US still leads an international coalition against the IS group.

Many shops and schools were closed on Sunday in Kobane.

The city became a symbol of Kurdish resistance after the US supported the Kurds in their battle against IS.

The city of Kobane stopped the global terror of the group and now they should be supported by the international community, according to the spokesman for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units.

“We don’t know if the bombing will continue or not because of the fear among the civilians,” Bozan said.

Some people hid in shelters and others fled to nearby villages, he said. Ahmed said they don’t know where to go.

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