On March 3, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) continued their advance in the district of Shara north of Afrin and captured the villages of Umranli, Shamanli, Karakinli and Ali Bazan, according to sources linked to the FSA. The sources added that the Turkish Army had captured the village of Ba’dinli in the Rajo district northwest of Afrin.
Kurdish sources reported that the Turkish Air Force (TAF) had stepped up its bombardment campaign against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northern and northwestern parts of the Afrin area during the last few hours. Eight civilians were killed and twelve others were injured in the TAF bombardment, according to reports.
Meanwhile, a YPG official told the Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV that clashes are still ongoing between the YPG and the Turkish Army in the center of the Rajo district, which was captured by the Turkish Army earlier.
The YPG press announced that YPG fighters had killed eight servicemen of the Turkish Army Special Forces during a “special operation” in the village of Maskah south of the Rajo district center.
Turkish sources claimed that the Turkish Army had deployed more armored vehicles and artillery pieces to its positions east of the city of Afrin. These reports allow to suggest that the Turkish Army is planning to open a new froont agiainst the YPG southeast of the Shara district.
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The Turkish-backed FSA in the Shara district: