PYD captures parts of strategic city in northern Syria

With Russian air support, the YPG – the PYD's armed wing – takes several parts of Tel Rifaat some 20 kms from Turkish border

PYD captures parts of strategic city in northern Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

The PYD, the Syrian affiliate of the terrorist PKK organization, has captured several parts of the city of Tel Rifaat in Syria’s northern Aleppo province, local security sources said Monday.

According to sources close to the Free Syrian Army, an armed opposition faction, the YPG -- the PYD's armed wing -- took much of the city, which is located some 20 kilometers from the Turkish border, with Russian air support.

The latest development comes after Turkish forces shelled the city of Azaz, located in Aleppo’s northern countryside, for three consecutive days.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said Turkish forces had returned fire -- in line with standard rules of engagement -- after having come under attack by PYD forces based in and around Azaz.

Last week, the YPG, with Russian air cover, began a massive offensive aimed at capturing opposition-held areas of the Aleppo countryside.

In recent days, the group managed to seize control of several villages -- and a military airport -- in the area.

Syria has remained locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the regime of President Bashar al-Assad cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, more than 250,000 people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN figures.

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