UPDATE: The Russian Defense Ministry denied reports about Turkish shelling on Russian positions in northern Aleppo. In this case, the February 4 reports are another visual example of the propaganda war that always follow military escalations in Syria.
On Februray 4, a series of reports appeared that Turkish-backed forces (according to some versions, the Turkish military) had shelled positions of the Russian Military Police in northern Aleppo. The incident allegedly took place in the village of Kashtaar, which is located relatively close to Tell Rifaat.
These reports remain unconfirmed.
Sources to North-Press:
Turkish military has bombarded Russian military positions in the village of Kashta'ar in Sharran district of Afrin region, northern Aleppo. pic.twitter.com/PYlrrjZtGw
— NORTH PRESS AGENCY – ENGLISH (@NPA_English) February 4, 2020
Over the past day, Turkish-backed forces have intensified attacks on positions of the Syrian Army and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces across entire northern Syria. They even launched a large attack near al-Bab, which was repelled by government forces. Local sources link these developments with attempts of Turkish proxies to assist their Idlib counterparts that are suffereing from setbacks in the battle against the Syrian Army.
If the February 4 incident is confirmed, it will lead to even further escalation in the region. Tensions in Greater Idlib and northern Aleppo are already high over the recent military escalation between the Turkish Army and the Syrian Army.