Turkish shelling claims lives of two Syriac SDF fighters in NE Syria

TEL TAMR, Syria (North Press) – On Friday, two fighters of Syriac Military Council of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) lost their lives in Turkish artillery shelling of the countryside of the town of Tel Tamr north of Hasakah, northeast Syria.

A source of the Syriac Military Council told North Press, “Turkish forces shelled the villages of al-Dardara and Quboor al-Qarajneh in the northern countryside of Tel Tamr on Friday evening.”

As a result, Youssef Mohsen al-Metras and Radi Mez’el al-Othman, two fighters of the council, lost their lives.

The Syriac Military Council is a military formation that is affiliated with the SDF and deploy on contact lines with Turkish-backed armed Syrian opposition factions in Tel Tamr.

The shelling came after three days of calmness.

Tel Tamr and other areas on border strip with Turkey in northeast Syria witnessed military escalation by Turkish forces and their affiliated Syrian opposition factions in the past three weeks.

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