TOPSHOT - Turkish-backed fighters from the Free Syrian Army stand in the Tal Malid area, north of Aleppo, as they fire towards Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) positions in the village of Um al-Hosh, in the area of Afrin, on January 20, 2018. Turkish forces began shelling the YPG enclave of Afrin from frontier Hatay province, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency. Turkey has said repeatedly this week that an operation to oust the YPG from Afrin is imminent and has massed troops and armour on the border. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – A firefight between the Turkish-backed militants and Kurdish-led forces was reported in the eastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this afternoon.

According to reports, the clashes broke out between the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA) and Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the town of Daghilbash, which is located at the western outskirts of Al-Bab city.

No casualties have been reported by either party.

Since the implementation of the northern Syria safe zone, the clashes between the Turkish-backed militants and Kurdish forces have intensified in the Aleppo countryside.

The reason for the increased violence is a mixture of a couple things, which include Turkey’s hostility towards the YPG and other Kurdish-led groups that they accuse of being agents for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

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