“Peace Spring” areas | Turkish-backed factions start drills near frontlines with SDF in al-Hasakah • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

“Peace Spring” areas | Turkish-backed factions start drills near frontlines with SDF in al-Hasakah

Al-Hasakah province: SOHR sources have reported military exercises by Turkish-backed factions in Abu Rasin countryside (Zarkan), near the frontlines with Syria Democratic Forces. Meanwhile, three shells hit deserted areas controlled by SDF.

 

These drills come as a part of rising combat readiness following the delivery of new weapons to the Turkish-backed factions in “peace Spring” areas, a few days after brining a large number of Turkish troops and proxy militiamen to these areas and to areas opposite the Syria-Turkey border strip.

 

In mid-November, SOHR sources reported that Turkish forces shelled positions in Tel Amir village in Abu Rasin countryside (Zarkan) with artillery, as four shells hit the surrounding areas of the village and three other shells hit an area close to a nearby petrol station. However, no casualties were reported.

 

It is worth noting that cautious calm prevailed in this region for over ten days. On November 2, SOHR activists reported that Turkish forces shelled a al-Derdara village in al-Hasaka province in the evening. However, no casualties were reported.

 

A day earlier, SOHR activists reported the arrival of military reinforcements of SDF and its military councils in north-west al-Hasakah province, as Tel Tamr Military Council and Syriac Military Council had boosted their posts and positions on the frontlines of Tel Tamr and Abu Raseen (Zarkaan) with qualitative weapons, including, short, medium and long-range artillery units, missile launchers, heavy machineguns and a large number of special forces’ fighters.

 

Moreover, SOHR activists reported that SDF obtained qualitative weapons and raised the combat readiness of its fighters in order to confront any possible attacks or surprise infiltrations.

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