Kurds clash with Turkey-backed rebels near Aleppo

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Turkish army forces (R), and Kurdish YPG fighters (L). Photo: Jinda Ibrahim/ARA News

ARA News

Aleppo – Clashes broke out on Monday between Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Turkey-backed Islamist rebels in the northern countryside of Aleppo, in northwestern Syria.

Pro-Turkey rebels have recently seized control of several towns in northern Aleppo Governorate, and used the area to attack Kurdish headquarters in Afrin District, according to local sources.

The YPG bombed rebel strongholds in the towns of Kafr Khashir and Keljabrin, using heavy artillery and mortar shells. Dozens of casualties were reported among the rebels, YPG sources told ARA News.

“Subsequent to the YPG-led offensive, clashes erupted between the Turkey-backed Euphrates Shield rebels and the Kurdish forces near Azaz city,” media activist Iyad al-Shami told ARA News.

“The rebels were able to prevent the YPG’s advance towards Azaz after receiving military reinforcements from Marea city, also in northern Aleppo,” al-Shami reported.

Supported by Turkish military forces, Syrian rebels have repeatedly attacked Kurdish areas in northwestern Aleppo, killing and wounding dozens, including civilians.

Reporting by: Sulaiman Muhammad | Source: ARA News

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