On April 10, the Turkish military and its Syrian proxies shelled Kurdish-held areas in the northern countryside of Aleppo escalating the situation in the region.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the intense shelling targeted the towns of Tell Rifaat, Sheikh Hilal, Bosoufane, al-Malikiyah, Maraanaz, Kaft Anoun, Kasht’ar, al-Irshadiyah as well as Menagh Air Base.
The Hawar News Agency (ANHA) said the towns were targeted with heavy artillery and rocket launchers. No casualties were reported as a result of the shelling.
The intense Turkish shelling may have been a response to recent attacks by the Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF). Earlier this month, several Turkish-backed militants were killed or injured in attacks by the Kurdish guerilla group.
Kurdish areas in northern Aleppo are jointly controlled by the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Several units of the Russian Military Police were also deployed in these areas over the last few years.