Turkish forces shell north of Syria’s Hasakah for 4th time in one day

TEL TAMR, Syria (North Press) – Turkish forces and their affiliated armed opposition factions, known as Syrian National Army (SNA), shelled on Monday – for the fourth time – the northern countryside of Hasakah city, northeastern Syria.

A source in the Tel Tamr Military Council, affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), told North Press, “This evening, Turkish forces targeted with a barrage of artillery shells the village of Tawila, west of the town of Tel Tamr.”

The bombing resulted in material damage to civilian property, according to the source.

The villages in the countryside of the towns of Tel Tamer and Zirgan (Abu Rasin) have been hit four times since early Monday morning. The shelling targeted the villages of Tawila, Tel al-Laban, al- Gozaliya and Qubur al-Qarajneh in the countryside of Tel Tamr and the center of Zirgan.

The bombardment resulted in destroying the communication tower in Zirgan, in addition to causing significant material damage to properties.

On Monday, areas of north and northeast Syria witnessed an unprecedented military escalation by the Turkish forces and affiliated SNA factions, which resulted in the injury of a civilian in al-Jdaideh village in the northern countryside of Raqqa.

On August 1, Turkish forces targeted the villages of Tel Tamr with 120 shells, causing casualties and Tel Tamr power substation went out of service for the 27th time since the beginning of the year.

The town of Tel Tamr north of Hasakah has been under constant attack by Turkish forces and the SNA, for more than two years. 

Tel Tamr, which has a population of about 25.000 and is 30km away from the Syrian-Turkish border, is of strategic importance as it is a junction on the M4 Highway linking the Jazira region in northeast Syria to Aleppo governorate in northwest.

Parts of the northern and western countryside of the town and the entire southern countryside are protected by the Syriac Military Council and the Assyrian Khabour Guards Forces, while the Turkish-backed SNA control the northern countryside up to the city of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) on the northern border of Syria.

Reporting by Adnan Hamo