At least 11 fighters from pro-Turkish rebel groups were killed on Sunday in a Russian air raid in northern Syria, according to war monitors.
The strike struck a school used as a “military base” by the Alhamza division outside the town of northern Syria in Afrin, which has been under the control of Turkey and its Syrian rebel agents since 2018, to the United Kingdom. The rights stated by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based.
“A Russian strike killed 11 fighters and injured another 13,” said Monitor, who relies on a network of sources in Syria.
He said the death toll could increase further in the ongoing efforts to pull the victims away from the rubble.
Observatory chief Lami Abdul Rahman said such Russian attacks are rare in this part of Syria, which has been dominated by Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies for three years.
He said Russia’s assault on the outskirts of Afrin last month targeted the position of another Turkish-backed rebel group, Filak al-Sham.
A Turkish-backed coalition of rebels, a spokesperson for the Armed Forces, called Sunday’s attack a “clear message from Russia to Turkey” and showed that there was no “red line.”
Turkey has supported Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar Assad’s government and has launched several operations against Kurdish troops and Islamic State groups across Syria’s northern border.
Russia, meanwhile, is a strong supporter of the Syrian regime and has been militarily intervening in support of Assad since 2015.
They have returned to the other side, but Ankara and Moscow have worked together to mediate several ceasefire agreements in northwestern Syria. This includes a 2020 ceasefire agreement in the Idlib region, the country’s last major opposition fortress.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/09/26/russia-raids-kill-11-pro-turkish-fighters-in-syria-monitor-a75145 Russian raid kills 11 pro-Turkish fighters in Syria