Over 150 Turkish shells hit villages in Aleppo northern countryside

ALEPPO, Syria (North Press) – Turkish forces and their affiliated Syrian opposition factions shelled on Tuesday several villages in the northern countryside of Aleppo Governorate with more than 150 artillery shells.

A military source told North Press that the Turkish artillery targeted the villages of Tenneb, Aqiba, Ershadiya, Tat marash, Shawargha, Alqamiyah, Tel Ajar, Ibbin, Soghana, Mayasah and Zarna’ita that belong to the city of Afrin north of Aleppo.

The source did not elaborate about the extent of harm caused by the Turkish shelling, which is still continuing.

The shelling coincided with flight by a Turkish drone over several villages in Shahba region in Aleppo northern countryside.

On Monday evening, the Turkish-backed armed factions, also known as Syrian Nationa Army (SNA), stationed in the village of Basilhaya targeted the villages of Ibbin and Aqiba in Sherawa district in the countryside of Afrin with machineguns. 

The government forces, stationed in Ibbin, responded to the Turkish shelling, a source in the village told North Press.

The Turkish forces and the SNA factions have escalated their shelling of villages in the northern countryside of Aleppo for two weeks.

This comes in tandem with successive statements by Turkish prominent officials on launching military operation against areas in northern Syria

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recently announced plans to carry out another major military cross-border incursion into northern Syria. Erdogan specified his targets in the two northern Syrian cities of Manbij and Tel Rifaat.

Reporting by Faya Milad