The Turkish-backed Hamza Division has continued its attacks on the government-held towns of Nubl and al-Zahraa in the northern Aleppo countryside.
On May 9, the group’s fighters launched a barrage of cluster Grad rockets at the two towns from their positions in the occupied area of Afrin. The attack didn’t result in any loses.
A day later, the Turkish-backed group fired dozens of mortar shells at the civilian areas in Nubl and al-Zahraa. Local sources said that no one was killed or injured as a result of the shelling.
The Hamza Division, which is a part of the Turkish-backed National Syrian Army (NSA), has been shelling Nubl and al-Zahraa for more than five days now. According to the group’s media wing, these indiscriminate attacks are a response to the ongoing military operation around Idlib.
These repeated attack could lead to a major escalation around Afrin eventually. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) maintains a large, well-equipped force in Nubl and al-Zahraa, as well as in the Kurdish-held areas around the city of Tell Rifaat.