11 killed as Turkey carries out air strikes in Syria

NGI anti-ballistic missile. [Photo: defenceturk,net]

Turkey carried out an airstrike in northern Syria on Tuesday near its border killing at least 11 people, including Syrian government soldiers, PTI reported citing information from an opposition war monitor and a Kurdish media outlet.

The attack happened just west of the northern town of Kobani and comes amid tensions in northern Syria between US-backed Kurdish fighters and Turkey-backed opposition gunmen.

There was no immediate official comment from Syria or Turkey, the news agency report said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory, an opposition war monitor, said the Turkish airstrike killed 11 people, adding that it was not immediately clear if they were all Syrian soldiers. It said eight people were also wounded.

Hawar News, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria, reported that 16 Syrian soldiers were killed, while another Kurdish news agency, North Press Agency, said 22 soldiers were killed.

Turkey has launched three major cross-border operations into Syria since 2016 and already controls some territories in the north.


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