Early on May 19, Kurdish fighters raided a position of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) near the town of Bosoufane in the southern part of occupied Afrin.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, five fighters of the SNA’s al-Sham Corps were killed during the raid. Prior to the attack, three people, allegedly civilians, were injured, when Kurdish fighters targeted a mini truck near Bosoufane with an anti-tank guided missile.
“After the attack, clashes erupted between the two sides, while Turkish forces shelled the Kurdish-held villages of Mar’naz, Shawarghah, al-Malikiyyah, Sawaghankah, Kaloutah, Baynah and Maysah in northern and northwestern Aleppo,” the London-based monitoring group said in a report.
The Hawar News Agency revealed that four service members of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were injured as result of Turkish shelling on Mar’naz. The army is yet to respond.
The SAA maintains a fairly large force in Kurdish-held areas to the south of Afrin. Several units of the Russian Military Police are also present there.
The successful raid was likely carried out by the Afrin Liberation Units, one of few Kurdish guerrilla groups which are active in southern Afrin.
Turkish forces occupied Afrin early in 2018 following a rapid attack on Kurdish forces. Since then, the situation in the Kurdish-majority area has been unstable.
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