Turkish Army and Syrian Democratic Forces trade fire in northern Syria

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Turkish army forces (R), and Kurdish YPG-SDF fighters (L). Photo: Jinda Ibrahim/ARA News

ARA News

Aleppo – Clashes broke out on Monday between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Turkish forces, participating in the Euphrates Shield Operation. The fighting continued into Tuesday morning, as combatants traded mortar and small arms fire.

The Turkish Army and its allies renewed their campaign by shelling SDF positions, west of Manbij city. Their protracted artillery and mortar barrage killed at least five SDF fighters and wounded several others.

In response, the SDF fired several mortars volleys, targeting a Turkish Army camp, which abutted the Syria-Turkey border. An SDF officer told ARA News that Monday’s “shelling led to the destruction of two Turkish military vehicles.”

Monday’s fighting wasn’t confined to an artillery duel. Turkey-backed rebels fought to dislodge the SDF from Manbij’s western countryside, employing small and medium weapons.

Close quarters combat was reported in the villages of Ilan, Qart weran and Nassir, near Arima town. While casualties were reported, the death toll was not immediately clear.

Today’s fighting, came just one day after the Turkish military launched air raids and artillery strikes on a Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters in the Manbij region.

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste | Source: ARA News

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