On July 22, Turkish forces again opened fire on civilian cars passing on the M4 highway in Syria’s northeastern region.
According to the Hawar News Agency, the cars were targeted with machine guns between the town of al-Julabiyah in northeastern Aleppo and the town of Ain Issa in northern Raqqa.
25-year old civilian Ahmad Ali from the town of Tell Abyad in northern Raqqa was injured when his truck was hit. He is currently receiving medical care.
The M4, which links al-Hasakah with Raqqa and Aleppo, was reopened with Russian guarantees last May. The step was coordinated with the Turkish military, the Syrian Arab Army and the Syrian Democratic Forces.
This was the second such incident on the M4 this month. On July 5, Turkish forces targeted a truck on the highway with a shell. The truck was completely destroyed and its driver was injured.
It remains unclear if the Turkish military itself was responsible for these incidents, or whether Syrian militants were behind them. In any case, these attacks are disturbing peace in northeastern Syria and damaging Turkish-Russian cooperation in the region.