The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported an infiltration attempt by Turkish -backed factions into the positions of SDF on frontlines of the village of Ma’alaq in the Kurdish village of Ain Issa near the “M4” road, coinciding with ground bombardment by Turkish-backed factions on the villages of Ma’alaq, Khalidiya and Istirahat Saqr, north of Raqqa. No casualties have been reported so far.
The new base is just 1km distance to the north of the strategically important Aleppo-Hasaka International Highway known as the M4, and the same distance to the village of Misherfe, and 3km to the center of town of Ain Issa, from the east, and just 1 km to the Joint Observation Post held by the Syrian Government Forces and Russian Forces, located to the south of M4.
On January 5th, 2021 a military base was created by the Turkish Occupation Forces to the north of the village of Mi’alagh, provided with radars and military vehicles and equipment, all surrounded with berms, just 500 m distance to the M4.
On Friday, January 29, berms were created by the Turkish Occupation Forces in one of the military posts held by mercenary groups close to the village of Misherfe, in a bid to be turned into a new military base.
Since 23 November 2020, not a day has passed without attacks against Ain Issa by Turkey. So far, the attacks, which are primarily aimed at displacing the population, have killed six civilians and injured at least 16 others.
Due to the escalation of tensions AinIssa and continued attacks by Turkish-backed mercenaries on the M4 highway, in recent days, Russian military helicopters were forced to start escorting civilian vehicles along the M4 highway.
With the approval of Russia and the Syrian regime, the Turkish government constantly breaks the ceasefire and repeatedly attacks the strategically important district of Ain Issa with artillery shells and ground troops. Since the international coalition has not yet opened the airspace, Turkey cannot use its air force and the ground attacks have so far been successfully foiled by the SDF. Russia and Damascus are trying to use Turkey as leverage to force Ain Issa to be handed over to the Syrian regime.