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Turkish Shelling Kills, Injures Syrian Service Members In Al-Hasakah (Photos)

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On April 2, two Syrian service members were killed and five others were injured in a Turkish artillery strike on a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) checkpoint in the northeastern governorate of al-Hasakah.

According to the Hawar News Agency (ANHA), the strike targeted ‘Abush checkpoint, located near the town of Tell Tamr in northern al-Hasakah. One of the casualties was an SAA Captain, while the other was a Private.

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) confirmed the incident, saying “two martyrs fell in an aggression by the Turkish occupation and its terrorist mercenaries.”

Turkish Shelling Kills, Injures Syrian Service Members In Al-Hasakah (Photos)

Click to see full-size image. Source: hawarnews.com

Turkish Shelling Kills, Injures Syrian Service Members In Al-Hasakah (Photos)

Click to see full-size image. Source: hawarnews.com

Last year, the SAA established a series of positions in northeast Syria following a breakthrough agreement with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The deployment of the army put an end to a Turkish-led attack on the region.

The Turkish artillery strike on ‘Abush checkpoint is a violation of the ceasefire in northeast Syria, which Ankara agreed to in two separate agreements with Russia and the U.S. This violation could lead to a new round of escalation in the region.

The northwestern region of Syria, mainly Greater Idlib, is witnessing similar tension between Turkish and Syrian forces. A day earlier the Turkish military reportedly aired a threat to the Syrian troops in region.

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