Fierce Clashes Reported between Turkish Troops, Ankara-Backed Militants in Northern Syria
The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that the Turkish soldiers exchanged heavy fire with the militants of al-Hamza Brigade at the entrance of the occupied town of Afrin along al-Fil Street.
Hawar news further said that the Turkish army’s heavy artillery fire at one of the positions of al-Hamza Brigade near Deir Sam Hospital and also near the village of Tarandeh has frightened residents in the region.
The clashes came after the Turkish troops urged al-Hamza members to leave Afrin and deployed in the town’s outskirts that was opposed by the Brigade, Hawar news said.
The Turkish troops and Ankara-backed militants have been looting people’s assets and arresting civilians in the occupied region.
The Ankara-backed militants engaged in another round of infighting again on Tuesday over their share of the assets looted from civilians’ houses and shops in Afrin which came under occupation by the Turkish troops almost four months ago.
Two militant groups, affiliated to the Turkish army, exchanged heavy fire in Saleh al-Ali School in al-Asharfiyeh neighborhood in the town of Afrin over their share of the civilians’ assets and properties they had previously plundered.
In the meantime, the Turkish army and allied militant placed their forces on alert after a hand-made bomb went of near Afarin Hospital in Afrin.
Local sources said that militant groups arrested a number of civilians in several villages, including Amara in Mobata region and Qara Kouleh in Afrin and called on their families to pay a hefty amount of money as their ransom.