On September 6, two fighters of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed after planting mines in Turkish-occupied areas in northeastern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The London-based monitoring group said that the fighters had snuck into the towns of Abush and Uniqe al-Hawa in northern al-Hasakah and had planted several mines before losing their lives.
“The fighters were killed on their way back after planting mines, it is unclear if they were killed by a mine explosion or as a result of being targeted by pro-Ankara militants,” the SOHR said in a report.
The SDF managed to recover the bodies of its fighters a few hours after the incident, according to the monitoring group.
The Turkish military and its proxies invaded northeastern Syria in October of 2019. Within a few weeks, Turkish forces occupied a long strip of land between al-Hasakah and Raqqa. SDF fighters showed fierce resistance. However, they were overwhelmed by Turkish firepower.
In the last few months, the Turkish military claimed to have foiled a number of infiltration attempts of SDF fighters. The Kurdish-led group didn’t acknowledge this.
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