A Turkish service member was killed and another was injured in a missile attack by Kurdish forces near the border town of Tell Abyad in northern Raqqa, the Turkish Ministry of National Defence announced on October 20.
“During a reconnaissance and surveillance mission in Tel Abyad on October 20, 2019, a heroic comrade-in-arms of ours was martyred and a heroic comrade-in-arms of ours was wounded as a result of the anti-tank and light weapons fire by PKK / YPG terrorists,” a statement by the ministry reads.
The ministry added that “an immediate response based on self-defense” was carried out against Kurdish forces in the area.
The Turkish military and the so-called National Syrian Army (NSA) imposed control of Tell Abyad last week following heavy clashes with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The attack on the Turkish service members near the town is another violation of the U.S. sponsored ceasefire, that was announced three days ago.
According to Turkish Ministry of National Defence, Kurdish forces have violated the ceasefire at least 20 times, so far. This goes to show the fragility of the U.S. deal.