Mar 05 2019

Turkey retaliates to harassing fire in Syria's Afrin

The Turkish military on Monday retaliated to harassing fire by the mainly Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northwest Syria’s Afrin province, the Defence Ministry said in a tweet.

The YPG attack came from Tal Rifaat city, and the Turkish military responded with equal force, the ministry said.

Tal Rifaat is located some 20 km east of Afrin, which has been under the control of Turkey and Free Syrian Army (FSA) allies since a military operation last year aimed at driving out the YPG militia.

The YPG still controls a small pocket in Tal Rifaat, stuck between the Turkey-controlled area to the north and areas controlled by the Syrian government to the south.

Ankara considers the YPG a terrorist organisation and the Syrian offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that has fought a three-decade armed campaign for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey.