Two Turkish service members were injured on August 9, when Kurdish forces attacked their base in the town of Kimar in southern Afrin with an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM).
Turkey’s Ministry of National Defence said that Kimar attack was carried out by the People’s Protection Units (YPG). However, the so-called Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that it was a response to the killing of one of its fighters.
According to Syrian opposition sources, Turkish helicopters evacuated the injured soldiers from Afrin’s main football stadium to a hospital in Turkey. A video of the evacuation was released.
In response to the attack, the Turkish military shelled Kurdish-held areas south of Afrin with 127 artillery rounds. The Hawar News Agency (ANHA) said that five civilians, including an infant, were injured as a result.
The ALF stepped up its operations in Afrin and its surroundings recently in a bid to drain Turkish forces occupying the Kurdish Syrian region.