Turkish shelling causing agricultural fires near camp housing ISIS families

AYN ISSA, Syria – Turkish shelling in the occupied areas of Ayn Issa, Tel Abyad, and Rish Ayno (Ras al-Ayn) led to an outbreak of crop fires in the region’s numerous grain fields.

Turkish forces and the Syrian National Army (SNA), a coalition of militias allied with Turkey, targeted the area near the Ayn Issa camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), north of Raqqa, with a barrage of rockets. The attack started multiple agricultural fires adjacent to the camp. Flames engulfed at least one rural home.

As well as housing thousands of IDPs, the Ayn Issa camp has a wing for relatives of members of the Islamic State.

The SNA also targeted the areas north of the town of Ayn Issa under Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) control with artillery and heavy weapons. There is a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) presence in the area following an agreement between the SDF and SAA as a response to the Turkish-led invasion of the region.

Several villages in the Rish Ayno countryside were also targeted by the SNA, resulting in only material damage.