Turkish soldier killed by ‘YPG sniper fire from Afrin’, says military

A Turkish soldier stationed in the border town of Reyhanli has been killed by “sniper fire from territory held by the YPG in Syria”, the Turkish Armed Forces has announced.

Reyhanli is adjacent to the Kurdish-controlled Afrin canton of northern Syria where an agreement between the Kurdish YPG and the Russian army saw Russian soldiers positioning themselves in the city of Afrin.

“On 22 March 2017 at 08.45 in the Bukulmez border station of Reyhanli town, a fellow soldier was martyred by sniper fire from PYD/PKK controlled areas from across the border in Syria. In accordance with international law on legitimate self-defence, our forces responded to the fire immediately shelling the region from where the attack originated,” read the Turkish military’s statement.

Syrian-Kurdish agency ANHA has been reporting that the Turkish army has been shelling villages in the Afrin canton since Tuesday night, intensifying the bombardment on Wednesday morning.