Turkey-backed militants suffer heavy casualties in exchange of fire with SDF in Northern Syria

Turkey-backed militants suffer heavy casualties in exchange of fire with SDF in Northern Syria
Sun Aug 20, 2017 08:18:39

A Kurdish media outlet reported on Saturday that a large number of Ankara-backed militants were killed or wounded after the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) shelled the militants' positions in Northern Aleppo.

(FNA) -- The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that missile and artillery units of the Turkish army and Ankara-backed militants targeted the village of Qastal Jandou in Afrin region and the villages of Ein Daqna, Sheikh Issa, Sha'alah, Nirbiyeh, Um Hawsh and Harbal as well as the town of Tal Rifat in al-Shahba region.

The news website further said that the SDF in al-Shahba region retaliated and opened heavy fire at the positions of the Turkish army and militants near the town of al-Bab, wounding 11 militants.

In the meantime, SDF carried out mortar attacks on militants' gathering in the town of Mare'a, killing and wounding a number of them, Hawar news said, adding that Turkish ambulances arrived in Mare'a latter to transfer the injured militants.

The Kurds also shot down a drone of the Turkish army in the village of Bashmareh in Shirava, the news website added.

The Hawar news reported on Thursday that the Turkish forces launched artillery and missile attacks on the villages of Qastal, Jandou, Baflouneh and Marimin in Afrin.

The artillery and missile units of the Turkish army also pounded Tal Rafat region and the villages of Sheikh Issa, Harbal, Um Housh, Hasiyeh, Hariseh and Ein Daqneh in al-Shahba region in Northern Aleppo.

The Turkish army also flew its spy planes over the region.

In response, the SDF launched offensive against the positions of pro-Ankara militants in al-Shahba region.

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