Turkey escalates its attacks on North and East Syria and targets border villages with artillery barrage

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — On Tuesday, Turkish forces escalated their attacks along the border strip in northern Syria, targeting the villages and countryside of Zalin (Qamishli), Qabre Hewore (Al-Malikiyah), and Amuda resulting in civilian casualties.

The Internal Security Forces (ISF) of North and East Syria released a statement indicating that  fifteen artillery shells targeted Zalin and its countryside, wounding six civilians, including children and women.

Several villages belonging to the town of Qabre Heworei were targeted by 23 shells, injuring a child and a woman, in addition to causing material damage.

The villages around the border town of Amuda were targeted with 21 shells, and the villages of Aa-Darbasiyah with 10 shells.

The Internal Security Forces stated that this violent Turkish escalation aims to undermine the security and stability of the region. The international community should do more to prevent Turkey’s repeated attacks that kill defenseless civilians, said the ISF statement.

For its part, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the martyrdom of four of its members, and the wounding of three others. According to the SDF, they were targeted by a Turkish drone on Tuesday.

The SDF affirmed that they will continue to protect the people of North and East Syria, no matter the circumstances, and that they will avenge the blood of the martyrs.