The Turkish army continued its military escalation against the deployment sites of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria, within the framework of the military air operation called “Claw-Sword” in response to the Istanbul bombing, while the SDF responded with artillery and missile strikes targeting Turkish territory, which led to Civilian deaths and injuries.
The bombing continues
A field Source told Al-Modon that, on Sunday/Monday night, a Turkish warplane raided, with a number of thermobaric missiles, sites that the SDF shares control with the Syrian regime forces in the villages of Sheikh Issa al-Bailouneh, Harbel, Kafrantoun, and al-Malikiyah in al-Shahba district in the northern countryside of Aleppo. A Turkish drone carried out a raid on a military point of the Syrian regime on Deir Jamal Road in the same canton, amid reports of 4 injuries.
The Source added that the Turkish army’s artillery entered the escalation line with force, and heavily bombed SDF positions in the villages of Ashma, Zour Maghar, and the Al-Shuyukh district, west of the city of Ain Al-Arab (Kobani), northeast of Aleppo, and the villages of Al-Kouzeliya, Tal Al-Laban, Qobour Al-Qarajneh, and Al-Dardara in the countryside of Tal Tamr district in Al-Hasakah countryside. .
Meanwhile, the Turkish-backed National Army announced that it had repelled an infiltration attempt by the SDF on the Harbel front in the vicinity of the city of Marea, north of Aleppo.
For its part, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the death toll as a result of the Turkish operation rose to 35, 19 of the armed formations operating within the Autonomous Administration areas, while the death toll of the regime forces rose to 16, pointing out that the Turkish raids during the operation amounted to 25 raids, In an escalation that is the most violent since Operation Peace Spring in October 2019.
Turkish dead and wounded
On the other hand, the SDF bombed, from its areas of control in Ayn al-Arab, Turkish territory, killing 3 civilians and injuring a number of members of the Turkish forces.
On Monday, Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu said that 3 Turkish citizens, including a child and a teacher, were killed and 10 others wounded, as a result of shells fired by “terrorist organizations” on Qarkamish in Gaziantep, southern Turkey. While the governor of Gaziantep, Daoud Gul, explained that 5 shells landed on a school, two houses, and agricultural land near the Garkamish border crossing.
On Sunday, Reuters reported that a Turkish soldier and two policemen were wounded following a missile strike by the SDF on Kilis province, in southern Turkey, on the border with Syria.
In this context, a field Source told Al-Modon that the SDF fired more than 15 missiles from its areas of control in the city of Tal Rifaat, north of Aleppo, the Turkish army base in Kaljibrin, north of the city of Azaz, explaining that there were no casualties or injuries among the Turkish army. by the bombing.
The SDF had issued a statement following Sunday’s aerial bombardment, in which it vowed to respond to the Turkish operation, saying that “Turkish air attacks will not go unanswered.”
On Saturday/Sunday night, the Turkish army launched a large-scale military air operation against the SDF, in northeastern Syria, during which a squadron of Turkish aircraft targeted the latter’s positions in the countryside of Aleppo, Raqqa and Hasakah. The Turkish Ministry of Defense said that its forces launched Operation “Claw-Sword” on areas “used by terrorists as bases to attack Turkish territory.”