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Turkish forces, allied militants shell villages in Syria’s Hasakah: Report

In this file photo, taken on March 24, 2019, smoke is seen rising behind destroyed vehicles and damaged buildings in the village of Baghouz, in Syria’s eastern Dayr al-Zawr Province, near the Iraqi border. (By AFP)

Turkish army forces and militants allied to Ankara have attacked several villages in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, a report says.

The attacks against a number of villages in the vicinity of Tal Tamr and Abu Rasin towns started at dawn on Tuesday, inflicting material damage on the property of villagers, Syria’s official news agency SANA said in a report.

Citing civil sources in the region, the report added that Ankara-backed militants had been positioned at Turkish observation points in the villages of Enq al-Hawa and Tel Mendel and from there began firing mortar shells against villages around Tal Tamr and Abu Rasin.

Turkish military forces later joined the militants in attacking the rural areas along the common border by firing artillery shells from inside Turkish territory.

On Saturday, Turkish forces also caused damage on a power station in Hasakah by shelling the electricity lines in Tal Tamr, SANA reported at the time.

This came a few days after the Turkish forces cut off the water supply to local residents in the city of Hasakah and surrounding residential neighborhoods for at least two consecutive days.

According to SANA, Turkish army troops and their militant allies have been attacking villages in Hasakah, Raqqah, and Aleppo with artillery shells and various other heavy weapons since their cross-border offensive into Syrian territory in October last year and the subsequent occupation of a long swath of the border with the Arab country.  

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