On January 23, three civilians were killed and at least six others were injured when Turkish forces shelled the Syrian town of Tell Rifaat in northern Aleppo.
The Turkish shelling targeted the heavily-populated center of Tell Rifaat, which is located within a pocket controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units. Units of the Russian Military Police and the Syrian Arab Army are present in the region.
The Hawar News Agency said two children, Majid Skaran, 5, and Abdel-Mohsen Sakran,12, were killed in the Turkish shelling. The third victim was a displaced woman from Afrin, Nazliah Mustafa.
Kurdish forces responded to the deadly Turkish attack by shelling the outskirts of the Turkish-occupied town of Azaz in northern Aleppo. No casualties were reported.
From the outskirts of Tell Rifaat, Kurdish guerrilla groups launch attacks against Turkey’s proxies in northern Aleppo on a regular basis. One of the most active guerrilla groups in the region is the Afrin Liberation Forces.
The Turkish attack on Tell Rifaat will likely cause tensions in northern Aleppo, where the situation was calm during the last few months.
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