Turkey has launched military attacks in northeast Syria against Kurdish fighters in the area, whom it considers to be terrorists, Reuters and Syrian Arab News Agency (Sana) reported. Smoke was seen rising from buildings in the border town of Ras al Ain, according to CNN.
The Turkish “offense,” described by Sana as “aggression,” started with air strikes on the town, while Reuters cited a Turkish security source as saying that artillery and howitzer fire would be employed in the attacks.
The state news agency said the Turkish strikes had been random, confirming that they had destroyed the infrastructure of the villages of the border area.
“The Turkish aggression extended to Ain Issa subdistrict in Raqqa,” the agency said, confirming that the area had been hit by two artillery shells.
Syrian Democratic Force spokesperson Mustafa Bali said the Turkish forces had launched attacks against civilian targets and called for the establishment of an air exclusion zone to block the Turkish attack on Syria.