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Turkish military shells villages in Syria’s Hasakah, casualties reported

Turkish military forces and their allied militants have reportedly launched an artillery attack on several villages in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, leaving a number of civilians dead or injured.

Syria’s official SANA news agency said on Tuesday that the shelling targeted villages in Abu Rasin in Hasakah Province, killing two children and injuring six more citizens.

“Turkish occupation artillery fired two shells on Musheirfat Zarkan, a village to the north of Abu Rasin district in Hasakah northern countryside, claiming the lives of two children and injuring six citizens whom were rushed to hospital,” SANA quoted local sources as saying.

The Turkish forces were also reported to have targeted the villages of Dada Abdal, al-Nweihat, Umm Harmala and others in Abu Rasin district, causing material damage to the properties in the area.

Turkey has been conducting several incursions against neighboring Syria’s northern parts since 2016 to target the Kurdish militants known as the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.

In violation of the Arab country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Turkey has deployed thousands of militants to northeastern Syria since October 2019 after Turkish military forces launched a cross-border invasion in a declared attempt to push members of the US-backed YPG militant group away from border areas.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has over the past months hinted at his country’s plan for a new cross-border operation in Syria to purge the YPG fighters, who form the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

 

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