According to reports, the Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants are shelling the villages of Maranaz and Filan al-Qadi in the Shera district of Afrin, northern Syria.
The shelling targeted the People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions from the Azaz direction where the FSA and Turkish army are positioned at 7.15pm Monday.
The Syrian Kurdish ANHA agency reported that Turkish forces had at the same time crossed 160 meters into the border village Dik Medas in Afrin.
Simultaneously Turkish warplanes carried out air strikes against suspected positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) northeast of the Kurdistan Region’s capital at 7pm, simultaneous to the shelling on YPG positions in northern Syria.
NRT reported that Turkish fighter jets had shelled the Khwakurk Mountains, the Lolan and Khinra regions in the Sidakan sub-district northeast of Erbil.
Ankara views the YPG militia, known as one of the most effective forces in the fight against Islamic State in Syria, as terrorists and an offshoot of the outlawed PKK. The PKK has been waging an insurgency in Turkey since the 1980s for Kurdish autonomy.
(Reporting and writing Aylina Kilic/Kom News)