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    The Turkish military opened fire against the Kurdish self-defense forces in northern Syria after several mortar shells allegedly fired by the Kurdish troops, had exploded in the south of the country, Turkey’s General Staff said Thursday.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — Ankara considers Syrian Kurds’ YPG militia an ally of the domestically-outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

    “Today at 05:50 [02:50 GMT] five mortar shells, fired from the Syrian region of Afrin, exploded in a desert area in Turkey’s border zone in the … [southern] province of Hatay. No one was injured. Our [Turkey’s] artillery returned fire at 07:10 against the identified positions of the People's Protection Units [YPG], from which the shelling was carried out,” the statement of the Turkish military, received by RIA Novosti, read.

    On August 24, Ankara announced that Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, had begun a military operation dubbed Euphrates Shield to clear Jarabulus in Northern Syria of Daesh terrorist group. Syrian Kurds and Damascus have accused Ankara of violating the territorial integrity of the country.


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