The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Monday launched an offensive against Turkey-backed rebel groups north of Aleppo, in northwestern Syria.
The SDF hit positions of the Turkey-supported Euphrates Shield rebels near the town of Marea, using heavy artillery and mortar fire.
“The Syrian Democratic Forces shelled rebel headquarters in the Tweys village south of Marea,” local media activist Walid al-Sheikh told ARA News.
Tweys is the main defenseline for the rebel groups in the strategic town of Marea in northern Aleppo.
The rebels reportedly suffered losses in manpower and equipment under the SDF fire.
“At least 12 rebel fighters were killed and four military vehicles were destroyed in the SDF-led offensive on Monday,” the source said.
“After hours of heavy bombardment on Tweys, the Turkish Army responded by bombing SDF fighting positions in northern Aleppo,” al-Sheikh reported.
The Turkish military support has helped the Euphrates Shield rebels to prevent the SDF progress towards Marea.
Tensions between the Kurdish-led forces and Turkey-backed rebels in Syria have escalated recently, despite the US and Russian pressure on the rival parties to focus on ISIS.
Reporting by: Muhammad Sulaiman | Source: ARA News
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