Turkey-backed rebels bombard Syrian Democratic Forces, civilian casualties reported


SDF-led Manbij Military Council announcing the outcomes of the anti-ISIS operation in the Syrian border city of Manbij. File photo: ARA News

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Manbij – The Euphrates Shield Brigades shelled several villages in Manbij District on Tuesday. The rebel brigades have been combatting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as part of the Turkish intervention in Aleppo Governorate.

Rebel brigades bombarded the villages of Sheikh Nassir, Sab Weran, al-Yalani, Kawikli, Qirt Weran and Jab al-Dam.

Local sources told ARA News that indiscriminate artillery strikes had killed at least ten civilians and the injured more than 40 others. The wounded were rushed to Manbij Hospital for treatment.

The attack has also displaced the residents of the targeted villages, most of whom fled towards Manbij city when their homes came under fire.

“We condemn this intervention by Turkey. We want to tell Erdogan that the people of Manbij are able to protect themselves,” declared Saleh Haj Muhammed, Deputy Chief of the Manbij Civilian Council.

Muhammad told ARA News that the SDF had proven themselves when they captured Manbij from the Islamic State (ISIS). “They are able to protect the city and its people against any offensive, whether by the Turkish state or its mercenaries,” he said.

Adnan Abu Amjad, Commander of the SDF-led Manbij Military Council, called Tuesday’s attacks an “irresponsible action that requires a fierce response.”

“The indiscriminate bombardment on our forces and civilian homes is an explicit violation,” Amjad told ARA News. “While the Turkey-backed Euphrates Shield Brigades claim to be fighting ISIS in the region, they keep bombing Manbij and its countryside.”

“Since the liberation of Manbij city and its countryside from ISIS last August, we have been facing Turkish aggression,” Amjad said. “We have chosen to resist this aggression.”

The Turkish Army its allies have repeatedly targeted areas held by the Syrian Democratic Forces, including Manbij, Tel Abyad and dozens of Kurdish-majority villages.

Northern Syria – Rojava has condemned Turkey’s intervention in Syria and called on the international community to launch a war crimes probe.

Reporting by: Enwer Omar | Source: ARA News

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