Turkey renews shelling Syria’s Hasakah countryside

TEL TAMR, Syria (North Press) – Turkish forces and affiliated armed opposition factions, also known as Syrian National Army (SNA), shelled on Saturday night a villages north of the town of Tel Tamr in the northern countryside of Hasakah Governorate, northeast Syria.

The shelling comes after four days of calmness.

Tel Tamr, which has a population of about 25,000 and is 30 km away from the Syrian-Turkish border, is of strategic importance as it is a junction on the M4 Highway linking the Jazira region (Hasakah Governorate) in northeast Syria to Aleppo Governorate in northwest.

A source of Tel Tamr Military Council, affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), told North Press that the Turkish forces fired artillery shells at the village of al-Tawila, west of Tel Tamr.

The shelling, which last for hours, caused material damage, the source added.

Tel Tamr includes about 33 Assyrian villages, five of which were almost fully emptied due to ISIS attacks and their location on the frontlines with the Turkish forces, according to the residents.

Syriac Military Council and Assyrian Khabour Guards Forces within the SDF are tasked with protecting Assyrian villages near Tel Tamr from frequent attacks and shelling by Turkish forces and their affiliated armed factions.

The town of Tel Tamr has been subjected to frequent bombardment by the Turkish forces and its affiliated SNA factions, in a blatant violation of the 2019 ceasefire agreement

Reporting by Rahaf Youssef