Another Turkish bombing raid on northern Syria. Dozens dead
Turkey continued to ramp up its attacks in northeastern Syria as its forces bombarded the city’s western countryside Ayn al-Arab from Aleppo Governorate Syrian. This was reported by the Kurdish news agency Hawar today, Sunday.
The agency added that heavy artillery and mortar shelling targeted the town of Sheikh Fawqani and a nearby village.
For its part, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported this Sunday that the death toll in Turkish attacks in northeastern Syria has risen to 35, including 16 dead at the hands of the regime’s troops.
The Observatory said 10 members of regime forces, including officers, were killed when Turkish warplanes bombed a military compound in the village of Shavarga, northwest of Aleppo.
He added that six other members of the regime’s forces were killed in Turkish shelling on two villages northwest of Hasakah and the Tal Abyad countryside north of Raqqa.
Turkish Forces in Idlib (AFP)
The observatory said that among those killed in the Turkish attacks, 13 were from armed formations in the Autonomous Administration areas of northern and eastern Syria and five were from the Kurdish forces north of Aleppo, in addition to a reporter from a news agency in the countryside of Al-Malikiyah.
3 Turkish forces were wounded
In addition, three members of the Turkish security forces (a soldier and two police officers) were injured in a rocket attack on the Turkish province of Kilis, near the border with Syria.
Turkey’s Anadolu News Agency said the rocket hit an area near a border gate.
threat of retaliation
These developments came after the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) previously vowed to respond to airstrikes Ankara launched on its positions on Sunday.
And Turkey’s Defense Ministry announced earlier today that the Air Force carried out raids on Kurdish militia bases in northern Syria and northern Iraq, resulting in the destruction of 89 targets, following a bomb attack in Istanbul a week ago that killed six people.
A statement said the attacks targeted bases of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey considers a wing of the PKK.
It also showed that the attacks targeted Qandil, Asos and Hakurk in Iraq, and Kobani, Tal Refaat, Al-Jazeera and Derik in northern Syria.
A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces said the Turkish attacks had destroyed infrastructure, including grain elevators, a power plant and a hospital. Farhad Shami, head of the SDF’s media center, wrote on Twitter that 11 civilians, including a journalist, had been killed.
It is notable that Ankara has been conducting frequent airstrikes in northern Iraq and Syria as part of a long-running campaign against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been waging an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984. Turkey, the USA and the European Union classify them as a terrorist organization.
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