Turkey renews shelling, casualties reported in Syria’s Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria (North Press) – Turkish forces and their affiliated Syrian National Army (SNA) renewed on Tuesday evening shelling the town of Tel Rifaat in the northern countryside of Aleppo, northern Syria. 

The town of Tel Rifaat, 35 km north of Aleppo city, has been a shelter for Afrin displaced people since 2018 following the Turkish invasion of Afrin and its countryside which resulted in the displacement of about 300.000 of the original inhabitants.

A military source told North Press that the Turkish artillery targeted Tel Rifaat with four shells, most of which fell on the outskirts of the town.

Hours before, the Turkish artillery shelled the town center with about 15 shells, injuring six civilians, according to the same source.

The villages of Aqiba, Ibbin, Maraanaz, al-Alqmiyyah, Shawargha, Menagh, Ain Daqnah, Herbel, Smouqa, Tel al-Madiq, Bailouniyah, Tel Ziwan, Tel al-Anab, Sheikh Issa witnessed heavy artillery shelling, in tandem with the bombing of Tel Rifaat, another military source told North Press.

There are 3.692 displaced families that include 14.783 people from Afrin and 35 displaced families from Idlib live in Tel Rifaat, according to statistics carried out by Autonomous Administration of Afrin, which is currently operating in the northern countryside of Aleppo. 

There are also 630 families that include about 3.000 people of original residents in the town, according to the same source.

For more than a month, the Turkish artillery has been intensively bombing the villages and towns north of Aleppo.

Reporting by Faya Milad