On July 5, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced in an official statement that its cells carried out a series of special operations against the Turkish military and its proxies in the northern area of Afrin between June 30 and July 3.
According to the YPG, eight personnel of the Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were killed and many others were injured as a result of these operations, which took place in the districts of Mabatah, Shara, Rajo and in the city of Afrin.
The operations included the bombing of a HQ of Turkish-backed Ahrar Sharqiyah in Afrin with what appears to be a booby trapped vehicle on July 3. In another operation, elements of the YPG killed a fighter of the Turkish-backed al-Hamza Division with a gun equipped with a silencer on a road near the district center of Rajo.
Following the Turkish military victory in Afrin on March 18, the self-administration in the Kurdish area announced that it will shift its strategy against the Turkish military and its proxies from a direct confrontation to guerrilla tactics.
The YPG claims that 2,502 personnel of the Turkish military and the FSA have been killed in Afrin since the beginning of the Turkish military operation there. However, local observers believe that these claims are a part of the ongoing propaganda war between Turkey and Kurdish forces.