The NGO Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported this Sunday that a Turkish fighter plane bombed Ain Issa, an area controlled by Kurdish troops in northeast Syria, which represents Turkey's first such attack in 17 months.
Cairo, Mar 21.- The NGO Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported this Sunday that a Turkish fighter plane bombed the town of Ain Issa, an area controlled by Kurdish troops in northeast Syria, representing Turkey's first such attack in 17 months.
The Observatory indicated that "a strong explosion" was heard in Ain Issa, in the north of the province of Al Raqa, supposedly caused "by bombings from a Turkish fighter plane" on one of the main combat fronts between the alliance led by Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (FSD) and Ankara-backed factions.
According to the UK-based NGO with a vast network of partners on the ground, this represents the first Turkish bombing in the last 17 months.
Likewise, the Observatory pointed out that this attack's scope and whether it has caused victims or material damage is still unknown.
On the other hand, the organization reported that in the last hour's clashes have been fought between the FSD and factions backed by Turkey to the east of Ain Issa, one of the main fronts between both sides that seek to take control of the area.
At the end of 2019, Turkey launched a military incursion into Syria to seize control of a strip of the neighboring country and expel from its border area the Kurdish-Syrian militias, which it considers terrorists, also claiming that it wanted to establish a large number of Syrian refugees.
The repression of pro-democratic opposition from Damascus' regime, the dispute started in Syria in 2011, which has added complexity to the involvement of many local and foreign actors. The war has emerged more than millions displaced and 388,000 dead.
A few weeks later, Ankara and Moscow (a partner of President Bashar al Assad of Syria) agreed to build up a 30 - km safety zone in northeast Syria, parallel to the Turkish border. Ain Issa is a few kilometers away from it, Of which it was not a part of it.