Russia Reports Turkish Shelling of Syrian Territory as Cease-fire Takes Hold

Militants attack border city of Tal Abyad with heavy shelling from inside Turkey, Russian military source announces

Armed terrorist groups launched an attack from Turkish territory against Tal Abyad city in the northern countryside of Raqqa province, Russia’s Defense Ministry confirmed Sunday.

Lt. Gen. Sergey Kuralenko, head of Russia’s center for monitoring the cease-fire in Hmeimim, said information indicated militants attacked Tal Abyad  with heavy shelling from the Turkish side, Russia Today reported.

Kuralenko affirmed the information was confirmed through a number of channels which emphasized that a group of 100 terrorists infiltrated across the Syrian border from Turkey.

“This information was verified through multiple channels,” he stressed, adding that “Russia has requested clarification from the U.S.-run counterpart center based in Amman, since Turkey is a member of the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS.”

Later on Sunday, Kuralenko said that nine cases of cease-fire violations were monitored in Syria over 24 hours, and one of them saw the shelling of Kabaneh town in the Lattakia countryside by terrorist groups.

According to local sources, terrorist groups with ties to Turkey in the northern countryside of Aleppo targeted the town of Nobbol with rocket shells Saturday night.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that the Syrian army did not respond to mortar shelling by terrorist organizations in Jobar and Eastern Ghouta on residential neighborhoods in Damascus on Saturday.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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