Turkish air strike on Syria border post claims 11 lives: Report
A Turkish air strike on a Syrian border post has claimed the lives of nearly a dozen people in the war-torn country’s Kurdish-majority north.
According to Press TV, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that 11 "fighters" were killed in the Turkish air strike that hit a Syrian outpost near the Turkish border, without specifying whether those killed were affiliated with the Syrian army or US-backed Kurdish militants.
The Britain-based war monitor said the airstrike targeted the outpost in the village of Jarqali, west of the Kurdish-held border town of Kobani.
The strike followed an overnight flare-up between Turkish forces and Kurdish-led militants affiliated with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that control the area.
Turkey's Defense Ministry said the Kurdish forces had intensified their cross border shelling of military positions in the Turkish territory, killing one soldier.
"Thirteen terrorists were neutralized" in retaliatory attacks by Ankara inside Syria, the Ministry added, stressing that the operations were ongoing in the region.
Syrian media have yet to comment on the Tuesday’s attack near Kobani. If Syrian government forces are confirmed to be among those killed, the assault would mark one of the largest escalations since Ankara and Damascus traded attacks in 2020 following a Syrian strike that killed 33 Turkish soldiers in the northwestern Province of Idlib.
The latest development comes against the backdrop of Ankara’s stepped-up threats to launch a massive military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Syria to establish what it calls a “secure line” along Turkey’s border with the Arab country.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other senior officials have said Damascus will respond through all legitimate means available to Turkey's ongoing ground offensive.