SDF foils attack by Turkish forces, rebels in Syria’s Ain Issa – report

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand atop a roof next to their unfurled flag at a position in the village of Baghouz in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province near the Iraqi border on March 24, 2019. (AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Wednesday repelled an attack carried out by Turkish forces alongside Syrian rebel allies against a village in Ain Issa, northern Syria.

The Turkish forces and Turkey-backed militant groups attacked Dibis village in Ain Issa sub-district early on Wednesday, Hawar news agency (ANHA) reported.

A civilian was killed and four others were injured in the attack, ANHA said.

The Turkish military also shelled Khalidiya and Hoshan areas in western Ain Issa town on the M4 highway between Aleppo and Hasakah.

Separately, the Turkish military shelled Tal Madiq, Mount Nayef and the Shahba Dam in Aleppo governorate, the agency said.

Ankara backs rebels trying to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad backed by Russia and Iran. Turkey seized control of some northern border towns in recent years with cross border incursions to push back People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara views as a terrorist group.

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