Turkey shells Syrian Kurdish border village with artillery

“This bombardment has sparked a mass civilian exodus, as numerous people have fled to safer areas.”
Turkish drones struck a village near the northeastern Syrian town of Derik on Feb. 1, 2022. (Photo: Rojava Information Centre)
Turkish drones struck a village near the northeastern Syrian town of Derik on Feb. 1, 2022. (Photo: Rojava Information Centre)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Turkish forces shelled a rural settlement near the Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reports.

"This bombardment has sparked a mass civilian exodus, as numerous people have fled to safer areas," the report said, adding shells struck a residential area in Ain Dewar village near the northeast Syrian town of Derik (al-Malikiyah).

A day earlier, a Turkish drone strike killed four people near a power station just outside Derik, according to the war monitor. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) confirmed on Wednesday that four of their fighters guarding the facility had been killed in that attack.

On that incident, however, the Syria-based Rojava Information Centre (RIC) said the strike targeted the village of Teqil Beqil and that only two people were injured.

Additionally, on Wednesday, Turkish forces have bombed Kurdish villages in northern Aleppo and villages near Zirgan (Abu Rasen) in Hasakah province.

Apart from attacks in the Kurdish regions of Syria, Turkey also carried out heavy airstrikes in Sinjar (Shingal) and Makhmour on Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday, Reuters reported that Turkey's Defense Ministry said they have carried out strikes on Kurdish fighters in both Iraq and Syria.

The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), in a statement, claimed that Turkey bombed Kurdish positions in response to the recent defeat of ISIS in Hasakah at the hands of fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) last Sunday.

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