The Turkish military targeted with rocket and artillery fires, positions for Syrian government forces and their allies in the western Manbij countryside, according to the Syrian state-run news agency “SANA”.
“The Turkish shelling which targeted the points of border guards claimed the lives of a number of persons and wounded many others,” SANA reported on March 9, citing a military source.
The article does not provide the specific numbers of casualties among government forces.
On March 8, reports appeared that 8 members of the Syrian border guards were killed in the Turkish strikes in the area, but there was no confirmation or denial from the Assad government.
If Ankara continues its actions in the area, this will easily lead to a major escalation in northern Syria.