The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Following inciting sectarian strife at Turkish authorities’ orders | 76 persons killed in clashes between Turkish-backed factions and SDF-backed military formations in Aleppo, Al-Raqqah and Al-Hasakah

Several frontlines in Aleppo countryside have experienced considerable military escalation in the area stretching from areas where Kurdish forces are deployed and the area of Al-Sajour line in Manbij countryside, which is controlled by the SDF-backed “Manbij Military Council.”

 

This coincided with the bloody clashes in Deir Ezzor between SDF and local gunmen, which started on August 27. Meanwhile, Turkish-backed factions attempted to participate in the military battles, at Turkish authorities’ orders, in order to incite sectarian strife through supporting the local gunmen in Deir Ezzor.

 

Since early September, SOHR activists have documented the death of 76 people in bombardment and military operations between SDF and SDF-backed formations: “Manbij Military Council,” “Tel Tamr Military Council” and “Al-Bab Military Council,” on one hand, and factions of the Turkish-backed “National Army” on the other on frontlines with “Euphrates Shield” area in Aleppo countryside and “Peace Spring” area in Al-Hasakah and Al-Raqqah countryside.

 

The fatalities are distributed as follows:

 

  • Seven civilians.

 

  • Two members of “Manbij Military Council Forces.”

 

  • 59 Turkish-backed militiamen.

 

  • Eight regime soldiers.

 

Turkish-backed factions initiated this episode of battles by several infiltration operations, the most violent of which was carried out in Al-Muhsenli village, where the factions managed to advance into the village and took control of several posts. Meanwhile, Russian fighter jets executed several airstrikes on the region, before the withdrawal of the factions.

 

Here are further details of those attacks and fatalities which they left:

 

-Aleppo: 43 fatalities: seven civilians, 32 Turkish-backed militiamen, two members of “Manbij Military Council Forces” and two regime soldiers.

 

  • September 1: Four civilians: a woman, two little boys and a little girl, were killed and several civilians were injured in ground shelling and clashes between the military council of Minbij and the Turkish-backed factions in Al-Mahsanli village in Minbij countryside. The Russian warplanes launched an airstrike on Al-Mahsanli village northwest of Minbij city in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

 

  • September 1: A member of the factions of the “National Army” was also killed in bombardment and clashes with “Manbij Military Council” in Al-Mahsanli village in Minbij countryside, east of Aleppo.

 

  • September 2: A member of the factions of the “National Army” was also killed in Al-Mahsanli village in Minbij countryside, east of Aleppo, in the shelling and clashes erupted in the village.

 

  • September 2: An elder woman was killed by members of Turkish-backed factions after they stormed her house in Al-Mahamid Farm on Al-Sajur Line.

 

  • September 4: A member of the factions of the “National Army” was killed and others were injured, in violent clashes that erupted with light and medium weapons between groups of the military council of Al-Bab and groups of the “National Army” in Al-Bohij village in Minbij countryside.

 

  • September 4: Five members of the Turkish-backed “National Army” were killed and about 15 others were severely injured, in a bombardment carried out by members of the military council of Minbij, targeting a military vehicle carrying members of the “National Army” while heading towards the frontline of Arab Hasan in Minbij countryside east of Aleppo.

 

  • September 5: Two members of “Al-Amshat” and “Al-Hamza Division” were killed and three others were injured in artillery shelling by Manbij Military Council on military checkpoint in the vicinity of Birshaya Village in Qabasin countryside eastern of Aleppo.

 

  • September 5: Eight members of pro-Turkey faction the “National Army” were killed in an attack targeting their two cars by members of military council of Minbij. The attack took place on the frontlines of Al-Boghaz village in western Minbij in eastern Aleppo countryside.

 

  • September 7: Two regime soldiers were killed in an attack by members the “National Army” on regime positions, which coincided with clashes between both sides on the frontline of Al-Sajour in Manbij countryside in eastern Aleppo.

 

  • September 7: Six members of factions of the “National Army” and other nine were injured, in an attack carried out by the factions on Arab Hasan village in Minbij, east of Aleppo, followed by clashes between factions and forces of the military council of Minbij.

 

  • September 7: Two members of “Manbij Military Council” died affected by injuries they sustained this morning in an attack by members of pro-Turkey faction of the “National Army” on Arab Hasan village in Manbij countryside east of Aleppo.

 

  • September 7: A civilian was killed in artillery fire on Barshaya camp near Qabasin in the east of “Euphrates Shield” area. The artillery shells were fired from areas where regime forces and “Manbij Military Council Forces” are deployed in Aleppo countryside.

 

  • September 7: A Turkish-backed militiaman was killed after a group of “Manbij Military Council Forces” sneaked into a military post of the “National Army” factions in Al-Muhsenly village in Manbij countryside in eastern Aleppo.

 

  • September 8: Four members of “Sultan Murad” Division and “Al-Hamza” Division were killed in clashes with light and medium weapons between members of the two divisions and groups of “Afrin Liberation Forces.” The clashes followed an attempt by “Afrin Liberation Forces” to sneak onto Kimar frontline in Shirawa district in Afrin countryside in the north-western countryside of Aleppo.

 

  • September 8: A young man from Al-Himar Al-Sharqeyah in Manbij countryside, was killed in artillery shelling by pro-Turkey faction the “National Army” on Al-A’reemah village in Manbij countryside in eastern Aleppo.

 

  • September 9: Three members of the National Army were killed in clashes with military formations of SDF in Al-Bab countryside, amid exchanged extensive artillery shelling.

 

 

-Al-Hasakah: 31 fatalities: five members of regime forces, including a first lieutenant, and 26 Turkish-backed militiamen.

 

  • September 3: An officer with the rank of lieutenant and four regime soldiers were killed in the shelling of the factions of the “National Army”, on a regime post in the countryside of Tel Tamer, northwest of Hasakah.

 

  • September 3: 18 members of factions of the National Army including two commanders, were killed in clashes and rocket fire by “Tel Tamr Military Council” in Arishah village in Tel Tamr countryside in western Al-Hasakah.

 

  • September 4: Six members of the factions of the “National Army” died of injuries they sustained in clashes and exchanged shelling, on several frontlines in the countryside of Tel Tamer, northwest of Al-Hasakah.

 

  • September 10: Two members of the National Army were shot dead by members of Tel Tamr Military Council, while three other members are still sieged near the berm in Masha’afa area, while they were carrying out a scout operation in Abo Raseen countryside north western of Al-Hasakah within “Peace Spring” area.

 

 

-Al-Raqqah: Two fatalities: a regime soldier and a Turkish-backed militiaman.

 

  • September 3: A regime soldier was killed in an attack by factions of the National Army on a joint military checkpoint of SDF and the regime forces in Sakiro Village near the M4 road northern of Al-Raqqa.

 

  • September 3: A member of the National Army factions in an attack by factions of the National Army on a joint military checkpoint of SDF and the regime forces in Sakiro Village near the M4 road northern of Al-Raqqa.