Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

BEIRUT, Lebanon (12:15 A.M.) – The Turkish Army carried out a powerful attack against the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this evening.

Using heavy artillery, the Turkish Army repeatedly struck the YPG’s positions near the town of Tal Rifa’at, prompting the latter to respond with their own barrage of projectiles on the former’s defenses.

This attack by the Turkish Army comes just 48 hours after the Russian military withdrew their police forces from Tal Rifa’at and its surrounding villages in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is still active in the Tal Rifa’at area and they have already warned the Turkish Army about moving into the government-held parts of northern Aleppo.

In particular, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies in Nubl and Al-Zahra’a have refused to withdraw from these towns despite warnings from the Turkish military.

Nubl and Al-Zahra’a were previously besieged by the jihadist rebels until the Syrian Arab Army and their allies launched an offensive in 2016 to lift this siege.

 

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