Civilian killed, others wounded in Turkish shelling on Syria’s Hasakah

HASAKAH, Syria (North Press) – A man was killed and four others were wounded on Thursday as a result of a shelling by the Turkish forces on Hasakah Governorate, northeastern Syria.

Earlier today, Thursday, a security source told North Press that the Turkish forces and the opposition Syrian National Army (SNA) factions shelled the village of Tel al-Laban in the southwest of the town of Tel Tamr, north of Hasakah, with mortars and artillery.

The shelling led the civilian Muhammad al-Hassino, 35, to lose his life, and injured four others with varying degrees of severity who were hospitalized to the city of Hasakah.

Tel Tamr, which has a population of about 25,000 and is 30 km 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 Khabur Guards Forces, while the Turkish-backed SNA factions control the northern countryside up to the city of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) on the northern border of Syria. 

Areas situated on border strip between Syria and Turkey and contact lines with the Turkish forces and SNA witness periodic bombardment and military escalation in a blatant violation of ceasefires agreements of 2019. 

In October 2019, following the so-called Turkish military operation “Peace Spring” in areas of northeast Syria which resulted in the occupation of Tel Abyad, north of Raqqa, and Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) north of Hasakah, the Turkish president signed two ceasefire agreements, one with Russia and the other with the US.  

Following the Turkish incursion in October 2019, Turkey signed two ceasefire agreements, one with Russia and the other with the US stipulating ceasing all hostilities and the withdrawal of the SDF 32 km away from the Turkish border.

The SDF did withdrew from the border areas according to the agreement, but Turkey continues targeting the area. 

Reporting by Taysir Muhammad