Kurdish forces foil Turkey-led attack north of Aleppo

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG. Photo: Jinda Ibrahim/ARA News

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Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Monday foiled an attack by Turkey-backed rebel groups in Syria’s northwestern Aleppo province, local sources reported.

The Turkish Army and allied militias of the Ahlal al-Diyar targeted Kurdish positions in Ein Dakneh area in Northern Aleppo.

At least 20 pro-Turkey fighters were reportedly killed in clashes with the YPG.

Factions of there Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) supported the YPG in repelling the Turkey-led offensive.

A Kurdish activist from Afrin in northern Aleppo told ARA News the Turkey-led forces stopped their attack after 20 of them were killed.

“The Turkish army supported them by shelling the area,” he said.

Furthermore, the local ANHA agency reported that one of the pro-Turkey fighters was captured, and dozens were wounded on Monday.

The Turkish shelling targeted the villages of Herbal, Sheikh Issa, Tal Raf’at.

In the meantime, the Turkish-backed rebels said they captured one fighter of the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

“We should expect more of this,” Aaron Stein, a senior resident fellow at the Atlantic Council, told ARA News.

“This front line is certain to remain tense. It’s notable that Turkey didn’t participate on the ground, only with artillery — and history tells us that this won’t be enough to allow for these groups to advance,” he said.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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