On February 19, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the villages of Hecika Fuqani, Hecika Tahtani and Dervish Ubashi in the Rajo district northwest of the city of Afrin, according to the Turkish Anadolu Agency.
During their advance, the Turkish-backed FSA fighters captured a female fighter of the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ).
Anadolu Agency also reported that the Turkish Army artillery had shelled several positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) along the Syrian-Turkish border. Moreover, warplanes of the Turkish Air Force (TAF) targeted positions of the YPG around the city of Afrin and in the Jandaris district west of it, according to Syrian opposition sources.
From its side, the YPG media announced that YPG fighters had repelled several attacks of the Turkish Army and its proxies around the Rajo district and killed more than seven Turkish soldiers and FSA fighters.
The YPG also revealed that two of its forgiven fighters, Spanish national Samuel Prada Leon [call sign Baran Galicia] and French national Olivier Francois Jean Le Clainche [call sign Kendal Breizh] had been recently killed in clashes with the Turkish Army in the Afrin area.
The Turkish Army and its proxies expanded their operations in the northwestern and western parts of Afrin area after failing to penetrate the YPG’s defenses in the northern part of it.