A large-scale Turkish artillery attack in Syria’s Hasakah province

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DAMASCUS, (BM) – Kurdish areas were attacked by Turkish artillery on May 20, a source told Krasnaya Vesna in Syria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

According to the source, the artillery attacked the villages of Al Qasimiyah and Ad Dardaria in the vicinity of the village of Tel Tamar in the north of Hasakah province.

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Also, according to the source, the units of the pro-Turkish alliance of militants “Al-Jeysh Al-Vatani” attacked the positions of the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the village of Umm Al-Kayf in the south-east of the village of Ras Al Ain in the north of Hasakah.

In addition, unidentified persons blew up a makeshift explosive device in the SDF military vehicle in the village of Markada in the south of the province.

Background

In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.

In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.

The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.

Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.

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