Militants of the Turkish-backed National Syrian Army (NSA) shelled late on August 17 a position of the Russian Military Police in the northern Syrian city of Tell Rifaat, the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA) reported.
“Three shells landed in a position where Russian soldiers are stationed,” ANHA’s reporter said.
The news agency said that NSA militants fired dozens of shells at urban areas inside Tell Rifaat and the nearby towns of Zyuan, Nyrabia and Tell Madiq.
The shelling started a few hours only after an attack by the Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF), in which five Turkish-backed militants were allegedly killed or injured.
Tell Rifaat and its surroundings are under the joint control of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Several units of the Russian Military Police were deployed there a few years ago.
There was no immediate comment from the Russian Defense Ministry on the shelling, which didn’t result in any losses, according to the available information.