On April 22, the Turkish military shelled several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northern governorate of Aleppo.
“The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) observed an artillery bombardment carried out by Turkish forces, targeting positions of the regime forces [SAA] in the western countryside of Aleppo,” the SOHR said in a report.
The London-based monitoring group said the Turkish shelling was a response to recent artillery strikes by the SAA. The Syrian artillery targeted the towns of Kafr Amma, al-Qasr, Kafr Taal and Kafr Nouran in western Aleppo in the morning.
These strikes were likely a retaliation to recent violations of the ceasefire in Greater Idlib, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5.
The SOHR’s report has not been confirmed by the Defense Ministry of Syria or the Turkish Ministry of National Defense, so far.
Turkey is now working to solidify its military presence in Greater Idlib, including western Aleppo. The Turkish military sent hundreds of troops and loads of heavy equipment to the Syrian region in the last few weeks. On April 22 alone, 25 vehicles were deployed there.