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Turkey Renews Bombing Kurds in Northern Syria

The article below originally appeared on the Kurdish Question and ARA News on April 19, 2016.

The Turkish army on Saturday bombed Kurdish positions in Syria without causing any casualties, Kurdish officials confirmed.

“At about 4 pm today, Turkish army shelled about 6 rockets at Dikmatash village in Afrin and fired at a YPJ [Female Protection Units] headquarters but no casualties confirmed yet,” Idris Nassan, a Kurdish analyst and former official in the Kobane administration, told ARA News.

The news was also confirmed by Kurdish activists. “There are no injuries, although the Turkish army fired more than 6 mortar shells near the village,” Kurdish activist Nidal Hassan told ARA News.

This is not the first time Turkish troops target Kurdish positions in Syria.

Last Thursday, Kurdish activists and fighters accused the Turkish troops of targeting positions for the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the eastern neighborhoods of Tel Abyad city in Raqqa province.

Turkey has also been supporting Syrian rebel groups with artillery against the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Kurds.

Moreover, hundreds of civilians recently fled Aleppo to Afrin after fighting intensified between ISIS and Syrian rebel groups.

[Read more at the Kurdish Question]

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