Turkish military shells a town of Syria’s Aleppo, wounds 7 people

ALEPPO, Syria (North Press) – Seven civilians were injured, including children, in a Turkish shelling of the town of Tel Rifaat in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

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 medical source in the Tel Rifaat Hospital told North Press that seven people were wounded, including five children, one of whom is in a critical condition.   

“A shrapnel crossed the child’s skull, which puts his life at risk, so he will be transferred to Aleppo,” the source said.

The source said the wounded children are Orivan Muhammad Abdo, 15, Dina Othman, 6, Hussein Jamal Qassem, 7, Afrin Abdel Rahman Haider, 13, and Mahmoud Gharib Mamo, 6. 

The others are Hussein Bayram Alko, 43, Ronahi Selo, 27, according to the medical source. 

An eyewitness said that a drone bombed several areas near a military post of the government forces (200 meters away), which was targeted by a drone earlier.

The source noted that the shelling targeted several vital spots in Tel Rifaat, such as the town’s market and school.

On August 1, Turkish shelling of Tel Rifaat killed an internally displaced woman from the city of Afrin, north of Aleppo.

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.

Turkey has escalated its attacks on areas in north and northeast Syria, using artillery and drones following Tehran Summit, in which Turkey failed to obtain a green light by Iran and Russia to invade the region.

Tehran Summit, on July 19, brought together presidents of each of Iran, Russia and Turkey with the Syrian issue and Turkish threats on the top of its agenda

Reporting by Rahaf Youssef