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SNA shells SDF bases in northern al-Raqqa

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Editing: Malek Al Haddad |
Translation: Glory Jabr
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Publication date: 2020/05/05 09:35

On Monday, the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA), affiliated with the Syrian Interim Government, shelled bases of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in villages of Ayn Issa, Northeastern Syria.

The SDF is mainly comprised of the Kurdish People's Protection Units in addition to Arab, Turkmen, and Assyrian/Syriac military factions. The SDF is supported by the United States-backed International Coalition against the Islamic State and fought them in al-Raqqa, Deir al-Zor, Aleppo, and al-Hasakah in Northeastern Syria.

A military source, preferred to remain anonymous, reported to SMART that the SNA targeted SDF bases in the villages of al-Khalidiya, Umm al-Tabat, and al-Hisha in the Ayn Issa area (49 kilometers north of al-Raqqa), using heavy artillery.

The source added that the shelling caused damage to civilians' homes. No casualties were reported. The source noted that there were no damage or injuries in SDF military headquarters.

On Nov. 29, 2019, the SNA shelled SDF bases in the vicinity of 93rd Brigade near the town of Ayn Issa in al-Raqqa, injuring four SDF fighters.

On Oct. 13, 2019, the SNA announced gaining control of the city of Tal Abyad and the town of Suluk, northern al-Raqqa, on the border with Turkey, as part of the military operation launched by Turkey against the SDF on Oct. 9, 2019.