Opposition attacks PYD locations near Aleppo, battle in Tal Rif’at expected
Date: 2016-10-21 17:40
Opposition fighters’ factions, participating in Euphrates Shield Operations Room, launched on Friday an offensive on the Democratic Union Party (PYD)-affiliated Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) in the area located southwest of Marea city in Aleppo northern countryside, Orient News correspondent reported.
Colonel Ahmad Othman chief of Sultan Murad Division, operating within Euphrates Shield Operations Room, reiterated his accusation of SDF with targeting the Free Syrian Army (FSA)’s locations in the newly liberated villages near Marea. This led opposition’s factions to launch an attack on PYD’s locations and on what is called Jaysh al-Thuwar in the villages of Om Hawsh and Harbal.
In a special statement to Orient Net, Col. Othman highlighted that opposition fighters’ attack comes in retaliation for the frequent attacks of SDF and their attempts of hindering the advancement of Euphrates Shield fighters southward as fighters are heading to liberate al-Bab city the biggest and the last bastion for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Meanwhile, opposition fighters captured a number of farms surroundings of the villages of Om Hawsh and Harbal, southwest of Marea, amid reports that opposition fighters are heading to liberate Tel Rif’at city, which was taken by PYD at the outset of the current year.
These advancements come two days after Turkish jet fighters carried out airstrikes on SDF’s locations in the towns and villages of Hasajek, al-Wardyya, Hasya, Gul Sroj, Sadd al-Shahba, Ihress, and Om Hawsh in Aleppo northern countryside, killing between 160 and 200 members, in addition to destroying 18 targets, according to a formal statement issued by the Turkish Army, while Assad regime threatened to down any Turkish warplane which “violates the Syrian airspace” again.