On December 29 afternoon, the Turkish military shelled a position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the town of Bir Issa in the northern Raqqa countryside.
According to Hawar News Agency (ANHA), the army sustained serious losses as a result of the artillery strike. Several service members were killed or injured and three military vehicles were destroyed.
The Ministry of Defense of Syria has not commented on the incident, so far. The army didn’t carry out any attacks on Turkish troops prior to the shelling.
From its side, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said that its fighters had destroyed a Turkish armored vehicle, killing three soldiers who were aboard it in response to the repeated Turkish shelling on northern Raqqa.
This artillery strike will likely lead to more tension between Turkey and Syria. Earlier this month, the SAA besieged a Turkish military post in southeast Idlib. Two other posts in the same region are about to meet the same fate.
More on this topic: