On February 5, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) carried out attacks against Turkish forces in northern Raqqa in response to the continuous shelling and attacks on the town of Ain Issa.
A video released by the Hawar News Agency (ANHA) shows SDF snipers destroying a thermal surveillance system installed on a tower in a Turkish post near the town of Mu’alak, northwest of Ain Issa.
The video also shows the destruction of a heavy weapon, most likely a AZP S-60 anti-aircraft gun, by SDF fighters in the outskirts of Ain Issa.
A day earlier, intense Turkish shelling targeted SDF positions in Ain Issa and its outskirts. The ANHA shared a video showing mortars landing at a position near the town as a convoy of the Russian Military Police was passing by.
Several units of the Russian Military Police and the Syrian Arab Army are deployed around Ain Issa and in other parts of northeastern Syria to monitor the ceasefire between Turkish forces and the SDF.
Turkish forces stepped up their attacks on Ain Issa a few months ago. Russia warned the SDF of a near Turkish-led offensive to capture the town. Nevertheless, the US-backed group rejected a Russian request to hand the town over to government forces. As a result, the situation around the town is still unstable.
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