Early on February 2, five airstrikes targeted the Turkish-occupied city of al-Bab in the northern countryside of Syria’s Aleppo.
Local sources said that the airstrikes targeted the city’s center, damaging the Dushal mosque and destroying nearby buildings. The airstrikes didn’t result in any civilian casualties, according to the sources.
The airstrikes were the first to target al-Bab city since it was occupied by the Turkish military and its Syrian proxies in 2017.
Opposition sources claimed that the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) were behind the airstrikes, while some activists said that it was the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF).
A day earlier, Turkish-backed militants situated around al-Bab launched a surprise attack on government-held areas southwest of the city. The militants attacked military positions and allegedly a post of the Russian Military Police.
During the attack, seven soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and three fighters of the Kurdish Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF) were killed. The army also lost a T-72av battle tank, that was destroyed with an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM).
The mysterious airstrikes on al-Bab may have been carried out by the VKS or the SyAAF in response to the militants’ attack. However, this remains unconfirmed.