Turkey Trades Heavy Shelling With Syrian Kurds

Child killed in shelling near Kobane

Off and on fighting just west of the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobane has escalated into a heavy exchange of artillery fire between the Kurdish YPG and the Turkish military.

Mortar attacks by the Kurds killed a Turkish soldier and wounded four others. Meanwhile, the Turkish shelling killed a 14-year-old child, and wounded five other civilians in the border region.

Turkish officials claimed responses to the Kurds across the border areas killed at least five YPG fighters. They did not indicate the context of those killings, or exactly where on the long border they occurred.

Indications are that these five killed were distinct from the 11 unspecified fighters killedΒ  in airstrikes in the Kobane border area.

Author: Jason Ditz

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