Tensions mount with attacks from both sides on Syria-Turkey border
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A post on the Turkish border was hit by rockets fired this Sunday from Syrian territory, injuring at least three members of the security forces, revealed Turkey’s official news agency, Anadolu.

“A Turkish soldier and two members of the police special forces were injured by rocket fire at a border checkpoint with northern Syria” in southern Turkey, Anadolu reported, blaming the YPG militias, Syrian People’s Protection Units, a movement of Kurdish fighters based in northern Syria and which has been the target of Turkish airstrikes.

The rockets hit the Bab-al-Hawa post, the last crossing point for international humanitarian aid sent from Turkish territory by the UN to this region of northern Syria, in particular the “bag” of Idlib, where about three million people live in precarious conditions.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) indicated today that at least 31 people, mostly Turkish fighters and Syrian soldiers, died during Turkish shelling launched on Saturday in northern Syria.

Turkey’s Defense Ministry today confirmed air strikes in northern Syria and Iraq targeting Kurdish groups Ankara holds responsible for last week’s bomb attack in Istanbul.

Warplanes attacked bases of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Syrian People’s Protection Units (YPG), the ministry said in a statement, which was accompanied by footage of F-16 fighter jets taking off and footage of an attack. aerial from a drone.

The ministry cited Turkey’s right to self-defence under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter as it launched an operation it called “Claw-Sword” late on Saturday. The operation targeted areas “used as a base by terrorists in their attacks on our country”.

Syrian Kurdish officials have claimed civilian deaths from the airstrikes.

The airstrikes came after a bomb rocked a busy avenue in the heart of Istanbul on the 13th, killing six people and injuring 80.

Turkish authorities blamed the PKK and its Syrian affiliate for the attack. Kurdish militant groups have, however, denied their involvement.

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