After establishing a foothold in the western section of Al-Bab city, the Turkish Army and allied Syrian rebels launched an offensive on its neighbouring town of Bza’a earlier today.
Unfortunately for the joint Euphrates Shield forces, they were met by stiff resistance from ISIS insurgents who seemed determined not to relinquish control of the town.
According to an Amaq Agency bulletin, 14 Euphrates Shield fighters were killed and scores more injured during the assault. Turkish soldiers were among the casualties; upwards of 100 troops have been killed since the Turkish Armed Forces first entered Syria.
In addition, the ISIS-affiliated outlet Amaq Agency noted that two Turkish tanks were destroyed by anti-tank missiles on the outskirts of Bza’a.
The news agency also added that 20 Turkish and American air raids were conducted over Al-Bab on Monday; in total, around 200 shells landed on the city including the ongoing artillery bombardment its inhabitants must to endure.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is advancing rapidly further southeast in order to cut off ISIS fighters around Al-Bab, effectively facilitating the city’s remaining ISIS militants to fight to the last man against the Turkish Army.