Infiltration attempt by Turkish-backed groups repelled outside Tel Tamr in North and East Syria

TEL TAMR, Syria — Members of the Turkish-Syrian National Army (SNA) attempted, again, to infiltrate the forward positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the village of Timar (Umm al-Keif outside the predominantly Syriac–Assyrian town of Tel Tamr in the Khabur River Valley in North and East Syria.

Military sources stated that fighters of the Tel Tamer Military Council, made up of several forces including the Syriac military Council (Mawtbo Fulḥoyo Suryoyo, MFS), monitored the movements of Turkish-backed SNA fighters and thwarted their infiltration attempt.

Two SNA fighters were killed, and several others wounded. The rest fled back to Turkish-occupied territory.

A similar infiltration attempt was repelled in February. Such attempts, and Turkish artillery shelling, have become a routine occurrence.

Tel Tamr has been under near constant pressure from Turkey and the SNA since they invaded the region in October 2019.

Some 40 villages in the northwestern countryside of Tel Tamr have suffered repeated bombardment by Turkish and Turkish-backed forces. Large swaths of the region have repeatedly lost electricity when powerlines are cut by shelling or the Dardara power station which services the area is targeted.