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Turkish Military Hits Targets in Syria's Tel Rifat

Turkish Military Hits Targets in Syria's Tel Rifat

Sunday, 13 June, 2021 - 16:30
Turkish soldiers gather in the village of Qaminas, about 6 kilometers southeast of Idlib city in northwestern Syria, Feb. 10, 2020. AFP

Turkey's military hit targets in the northern Syrian town of Tel Rifat in response to artillery attacks that killed 14 people and wounded several others in nearby Afrin, state-run Anadolu agency said on Sunday.

Ankara blamed Saturday's attacks, including on a hospital, on the Syrian Kurdish YPG. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US-backed force spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG, has said it was not responsible.

Anadolu said Turkish armed forces, which have a large presence in northern Syria, struck "terrorist targets" in the town. At an earlier press conference, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "We will hold these cowards accountable for every drop of blood they spilled."

Turkey regards the YPG as a terrorist group tied to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) inside its own borders, and has staged incursions into Syria in support of Syrian opposition fighters to push it from the Turkish frontier.

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