Growing tension | Child killed in Turkish bombardment, while exchange of shelling continues between SDF and Turkish-backed factions
SOHR activists have documented the death of a child affected by the injury he had earlier due to the Turkish shelling on Hadriyat village in the east of Ain Issa in the northern countryside of Al-Raqqah.
On the other hand, Turkish forces and their proxies continue their intensive bombardment on all frontlines of Ain Issa and surrounding areas, along with SDF bombardment on positions in “Peace Spring” areas in Al-Raqqah countryside. But no further casualties have been reported so far.
These clashes and intensive bombardment come after SDF have dismantled landmines and unexploded ordnance in Sayda and Mu’allaq villages in preparation for the return of these villages’ residents, after Russian guarantees with the Turks. However, the Turkish forces and their proxy factions unleashed a violent attack of the two villages just after SDF had finished the dismantling of landmines.
A few hours ago, SOHR activists documented the death of a Turkish officer and three fighters of the Turkish-backed factions, while SDF lost two fighters due to bombardment and clashes between Syria Democratic Forces on one hand, and Turkish forces and their proxy factions on the other on the frontlines of Sayda village in Ain Issa countryside. Moreover, other combatants sustained various injuries, including Turkish soldiers.
Meanwhile, the Turkish-backed factions managed to advance into Sayda village, before they withdrew to Shrkerik silos and Tel Abyad city in Al-Raqqah countryside following the recovery of casualties from the conflict zones.
Reliable SOHR sources reported that Turkish-backed factions and SDF brought in military reinforcement to the conflict zones, amid ongoing intensive bombardment. SOHR sources also confirmed that the Russian forces gave the green light for SDF to counter and respond to the attacks by the Turkish forces and their proxies.
SOHR sources reported earlier this morning violent clashes on Sayda frontline in Ain Issa countryside in northern Al-Raqqah between Turkish forces and their proxy factions on one hand, and Syria Democratic Forces on the other, as a part of a violent attack by Turkish forces and their proxies on the village. The clashes were accompanied by intensive bombardment, amid confirmed reports of casualties on both sides and fatalities among the Turkish soldiers.
According to SOHR sources, the residents of Sayda and Mu’allaq villages in Ain Issa countryside were seen returning to their areas escorted by SDF and Russian forces, according to an agreement between the Russians and the Turks. However, Turkish forces and their proxies started to target the region with medium machineguns as soon as the residents arrived, which forced the residents to flee from the area, along with the withdrawal of the Russian forces. Fierce clashes erupted later and the Turkish forces and their proxy factions managed to advance into Sayda village.