Turkish escalation in NE Syria continues during April

TEL TAMR, Syria (North Press) – Turkish forces violated the signed ceasefire agreement more than 10 times in the last week of April targeting areas located on the contact lines in north and east Syria.

Following the Turkish invasion of the cities of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) and Tel Abyad in October 2019, Turkey signed two ceasefire agreements, one with Russia and the other with the US.

However, this agreement has been mere words, with Turkey continuing to escalate attacks on a number of inhabited villages and towns, especially in the areas of Tel Tamr and Abu Rasin (Zarkan).

Since the beginning of April most villages in the town of Zarkan were subjected to intensive Turkish bombardment, causing a large-scale displacement and damage to the residents’ property.

The Turkish bombing extended to Kobani, on April 22, when Turkish artillery targeted the city center wounding two residents and causing material damage.

On the 24th of April, one person was killed and another was wounded due to Turkish shelling of Tel Abyad countryside.

Two days later, the Turkish shelling of Umm al-Keif village in the countryside of Tel Tamr led to power outage to the town and the surrounding countryside.

The shelling damaged the power lines near the village, and the power transmission substation went out of service, Fahd Samaila, co-chair of the town’s electricity department.

It should be mentioned that this is the second time that the Tel Tamr’s power transmission substation went out of service this month due to the Turkish shelling.

The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) described the latest Turkish in a statement as a systematic, and warned that the recent attacks pave the ground for the resurgence of the Islamic State Organization (ISIS).

As for the areas controlled by the Turkish-backed Syrian opposition factions, those areas are witnessing insecurity and chaos using weapons.

On April 22, fierce clashes with heavy weapons erupted between al-Qar’an clan and Turkish-backed Thaeroon Movement in the city of Sere Kaniye.

The clashes killed four people from both sides and injured dozens, including civilians, the critical cases were transferred to Turkey for treatment.

The clashes came on the back of the arrest of two members of al-Qar’an by the Military Police which caused a state of stress.

On 27 of the current month, while residents were shopping for Eid al-Fitr in a local market in the city of Sere Kaniye, members of  the Turkish-backed factions started shooting indiscriminately.

The shooting followed an argument at a checkpoint near the market entrance, which spread panic among the residents.

Reporting by Delsoz Youssef