Late on July 15, two civilians, including a child, were killed and ten others were injured when a barrage of rockets hit the Turkish-occupied Syrian city of Afrin in northern Aleppo.
Local security sources told the Anadolu Agency that the rockets were launched from the town of Tell Rifaat, to the south of Afrin, by Kurdish fighters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the Peoples’ Protection Units.
The Turkish-backed Syrian National Army responded to the attack by shelling Tell Rifaat and its surroundings with Grad 122 mm and Type-63 107 mm rockets. No losses were reported as a result of the shelling.
The Turkish response didn’t end there. On July 16 morning, a Turkish combat drone struck an unidentified target in the outskirts of Tell Rifaat.
Last month, 22 people were killed and more than 20 others were injured in Afrin city as a result of a rocket attack. Some of the victims, including a doctor and three nurses, were killed in the al-Shifa’a hospital which received a direct hit.
The Turkish military and its proxies captured much of Afrin area from Kurdish forces in a large-scale attack early in 2018. The area has been unstable ever since.
Kurdish forces deny responsibility for recent rocket attacks on Afrin city. However, all recent attacks were launched from areas held by them.
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