News ID: 323566
Published: 0249 GMT August 17, 2022

Syrian military retaliates against Turkish airstrikes

Syrian military retaliates against Turkish airstrikes
VALERY MELNIKOV/MOSCOW TIMES

The Syrian armed forces carried out the counterattack on Tuesday, causing material and human losses in some Turkish military sites inside Syria, Syrian state media reported. The army also targeted the positions of some armed groups and damaged their training centers.

The reprisal came after a Turkish airstrike killed at least three Syrian soldiers and wounded six others near the western Syrian city of Aleppo, Press TV reported.

“Any attack on a military outpost run by our armed forces will be met with a direct and immediate response on all fronts,” Syrian state news agency SANA quoted a military source as saying.

Earlier in the day, a Turkish aerial offensive had claimed the lives of at least 11 people in the war-torn country’s Kurdish-majority north.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based so-called monitor, described the fatalities as "fighters," saying the deaths were caused after Turkish aircraft hit an outpost in the village of Jarqali, west of the Kurdish-held border town of Kobani.

The monitor failed to specify whether those who had been killed were affiliated with the Syrian Army or Kurdish militants.

Since 2016, Turkey has launched three military operations inside Syria to target the United States-backed militants, known as the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). Ankara accuses the YPG of being associated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting a separatist war against Ankara for decades.

The Turkish military’s presence and operations violate the Arab country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other senior officials have said Damascus reserved the right to respond to Turkey's ongoing offensive through all legitimate means available.

 

 

 

 

 

   
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