Turkish artillery targets NE Syria’s Tel Tamr for second consecutive day

TEL TAMR, Syria (North Press) – Turkish forces and Turkish-backed armed opposition factions, also known as Syrian National Army (SNA), shelled on Saturday two villages in the countryside of the town of Tel Tamr, north of Hasakah in northeast Syria.

Tel Tamr Military Council, affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), told North Press that the Turkish artillery targeted the villages of Tel al-Laban and al-Gozaliya, which caused material damages to the civilians’ properties.  

The Turkish artillery shelled on Friday the villages of Dardara, Quboor al-Qarajneh and Sheikh Ali, killing two members of the Syriac Military Council of the SDF, and injuring two soldiers of the Syrian government forces.

The Syriac Military Council is a military formation that is affiliated with the SDF and deploy to contact lines with Turkish-backed SNA in Tel Tamr.

The two-day escalations came after a period of calmness following a violent Turkish escalation that included a number of villages on the front lines and resulted in civilian casualties.

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 Rahaf Youssef