Turkish shelling burns farmlands in Syria’s Manbij

MANBIJ, Syria (North Press) – Manbij Military Council, a component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said late on Tuesday that Turkish forces and affiliated armed opposition factions, aka the Syrian National Army (SNA), targeted villages in the countryside of Manbij, northern Syria, burning agricultural lands.

The Council said in a statement published on its official website that rockets hit the villages of al-Boghaz, al-Buyahj, and al-Krediye in the western countryside of Manbij on contact lines with areas under the control of the Turkish-backed SNA factions.

The attacks burned about 20 hectares of agricultural lands in those villages.

The fire extended from al-Krediye to the villages of al-Boghaz, Tel Turin, and Jablat al-Hamra, the Council said.

According to the Council, more than 1000 mortar shells hit farmlands and civilian property in the northern and western countryside of Manbij in May.

Additionally, it pointed out that Turkish shelling also burned olive trees and crops in farmlands in Tel Turin in the west of Manbij, causing major destruction and losses.

By Ahmad Othman