On March 7, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the town of Mash’alah of the Shara district, only 8km north of the city of Afrin, according to FSA-linked sourcces. Additionally, the Turkish Army reportedly captured the Maydanki Dam and the village of Hallubi Sagher northeast of Mash’alah.
Maydanki Barajı’ndan video. pic.twitter.com/DiCjCAvCHF
— Cemal (@Acemal71) March 7, 2018
Earlier, the Turkish Army and its proxies advanced in the southern part of the Shara district and captured the villages and towns of Kafr Janneh, Tall Hamu, Shirkan, Metinli and Qatma and Tel Hamu.
Kurdish and Turkish sources reported that the Turkish Air Force (TAF) had stepped up its aerial operations against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the center of the Jandaris district, west of Afrin. At least two women were injured in the TAF’s bombardment.
Meanwhile, the YPG press announced that YPG fighters had repelled several attacks by the Turkish Army and its proxies on their positions in the southern part of the Shara district. YPG fighters destroyed a tank and an armored vehicle belonging to the Turkish Army and killed 34 Turkish Army soldiers and FSA fighters, according to the YPG press.
The Turkish Army and its proxies will likely reach the outskirt of the city of Afrin and capture the Jandaris district center in the upcoming days. During the last week, most of the YPG’s defenses north of Afrin collapsed.