Turkish army supports Syrian rebels, Islamists in northern Aleppo

The Turkish warplanes and artillery on Friday afternoon bombarded several villages and military positions held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northeast of the Syrian city of Aleppo.

KOBANI, Syrian Kurdistan (Kurdistan24) - The Turkish warplanes and artillery on Friday afternoon bombarded several villages and military positions held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northeast of the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Speaking to Kurdistan24, Ahmad Omar, the spokesperson of Army of Revolutionaries (Jaysh al-Thuwar in Arabic), said the SDF-held areas in northern Aleppo were pounded with air and artillery strikes.

"More than 60 missiles hit the villages of Sheikh Issa, Harbel, and many other positions around Marea town, and the casualty toll is still unclear," Omar said.  

Omar further explained that forces got into heavy clashes with the Turkay-backed rebels of Euphrates Shield Operation that started about two months ago.

"Dozens of surface to surface missiles hit Harbel village and the Turkish artillery shelled Um Hosh, Harbel, Sheikh Issa, Hisba and Wardiyah villages," Omar said.

Omar added that the Turkish shelling that supports the Syrian rebels and Islamists caused massive destruction of civilian property.

Regarding the casualty toll, Omar said that about 9 insurgents of the Turkey-backed Sultan Murad militias were killed in a trap by the SDF fighters and their allies near the village of Sheikh Issa.  

Sultan Murad militias are groups of Syrian rebels and Islamists, fighting under the Euphrates Shield operation, which aims at stopping the Kurdish gains in Syria's north and northeast known as Rojava.  

Additionally, the British-based Observatory monitoring group reported that Turkish army hit the SDF-controlled areas in northern Aleppo with about 70 surface-to-surface missiles and dozens of artillery shells.

The observatory added that there are ongoing clashes between the SDF and the Islamic States (IS) insurgents around Um Hosh village in the nearby areas of Marea town.

The Turkish Army could not be reached for a comment.  

On Thursday, Turkish media claimed that warplanes belonging to the Turkish Air Force conducted airstrikes on 18 Kurdish positions and killed “160 – 200” fighters northwestern Syria, while Kurdish media sources in Rojava denied the Turkish reports.

Euphrates Shield offensive commenced on Aug. 24 with the capture of the border town of Jarablus in less than 24 hours,

The operation was aimed at preventing Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from further gains on the west of the River Euphrates and to drive IS from the southern Turkish border.

Army of Revolutionaries, an Arab coalition force allied with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), has been combating the Islamic State (IS) under the umbrella of SDF over the past ten months.

 

Editing by Ava Homa

(Additional reporting by Redwan Bezar in Kobani)