Daesh attacks Turkish tanks in Northern Syria, leaving 3 soldiers dead, 4 wounded

Published 06.09.2016 18:59
Updated 06.09.2016 21:57
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Daesh terrorists attacked two Turkish tanks late Tuesday, leaving three soldiers dead and four others wounded in the south of Al-Rai, Northern Syria.

Two soldiers were initially killed by the terrorist attack, while the third, who was critically injured and was brought to a hospital following the attack succumbed to his injuries later on.

Military sources said that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) backed by coalition forces have liberated two villages from Daesh terrorists in Northern Syria and the Turkish tanks have been targeted during the operation.

The sources noted that the soldiers who were wounded during the attacks have been transferred to hospitals by helicopters and are currently receiving treatment.

Meanwhile, two FSA members have also lost their lives during clashes.

They added that a total of 437 terrorist positions have been targeted with 1,851 shots since the beginning of the operations and 153 shots have been fired on 44 targets on the 14th day of the operations.

Turkish tanks crossed last Saturday into the northern Syrian town of al Rai from Turkey's southeastern Kilis province, as Turkish howitzers pounded Daesh positions during their passage.

Around 20 tanks, five armored personnel carriers, trucks and other armored vehicles crossed into Syrian territory controlled by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) from Elbeyli district, supporting FSA units advancing southward from al Rai.

Al Rai, also known as Çobanbey in Turkish with a train station on the former Baghdad railway located inside Turkish territory, was heavily contested between the FSA and Daesh since March, and the town changed hands couple of times before finally being controlled by the FSA on Aug. 28 with the support of Turkish ground forces and the Coalition air strikes.

Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield on Aug. 24 in cooperation with the U.S.-led anti-Daesh coalition to clear terrorist groups from Turkey's borders. So far, Turkey-backed FSA units captured the town of Jarablus and more than 32 villages located west of the Euphrates River.

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