Al-Qaeda militants hit Syrian Kurdish city with dozens of mortars

A masked militant from Nusra Front, Syrian branch of al-Qaeda. File photo

ARA News

AFRIN – Militants of al-Qaeda branch in Syria, Nusra Front, bombed on Monday a Kurdish city in the Syrian northern province of Aleppo, activists reported. 

Supported by the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham, Nusra militants hit the Kurdish city of Afrin in northwestern Aleppo with dozens of mortar shells.

Afrin city and its countryside are under the control of the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), that have been in conflict with al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and other Islamist rebels for more than two years. 

“Most of the shells hit residential neighborhoods, causing a number of casualties among civilians,” local media activist Rezan Heddo told ARA News in Afrin. 

“The Islamists’ shelling, which took place on Monday evening, also caused a large damage in the city center and the infrastructure of Afrin,” he said. 

A medical source in Afrin confirmed to ARA News that several victims were pulled from the rubble of the targeted buildings.

“This is one of the fiercest terror campaigns that hit Afrin and its people,” the source stressed. 

In the meantime, the Kurdish forces vowed to respond to al-Qaeda militants and their allies in retaliation for the civilian victims of Afrin bombardment. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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