Turkish forces on Friday shelled Syrian Kurdish forces’ positions in the northern Syrian region of Tal Rifaat, state-run Anadolu Agency reported .
In the last three days, Turkish howitzers fired against Syrian Kurdish militia, People’s Protection Units (YPG), according to the Anadolu agency. Turkey designates YPG as a terrorist organisation and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984.
“Howitzers deployed in area-of-operations in northern Syria, which was liberated by Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield, fired 20 rounds against YPG/PKK posts in several villages of Tal Rifat,” Anadolu Agency said. The reports did not mention any casualties.
Tal Rifaat is under control of Syrian Republican Guard and the Russian Armed Forces since March 2018. It is located some 20 km west of Afrin, where Turkey and its Free Syrian Army (FSA) allies conducted military operation last year. After a three-month conflict, Turkish forces and FSA took control over the city after driving out the YPG militia.