Six pro-Turkish rebels killed In Northern Syria
Six Syrian fighters from a pro-Turkish group died in clashes with regime troops that still raged Monday in northwest Syria, rebel forces and a war monitor said.
A pro-Turkey rebel statement said the six were killed and three more wounded in the offensive launched by government forces backed by Kurdish forces from Sunday night in the Afrin region near the Turkish border.
The dead were fighters from Faylaq al-Sham, an alliance of rebel groups considered close to the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, said a source from the group.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) also said the regime troops and Kurdish forces took control of two Faylaq al-Sham positions in intense fighting involving heavy weapons.
Violent clashes with heavy and medium machine guns also took place in the early hours of Monday morning, between the rebels and the Kurdish forces along with with the regime soldiers on Abla frontline in Al-Bab countryside, east of Aleppo, amid an exchange of artillery and rocket shells, SOHR said.
Clashes were continuing on Monday morning, local sources said.
Such exchanges of fire occur regularly between Damascus regime forces and pro-Turkish rebels including Faylaq al-Sham, which controls part of the border strip with Turkey.
The group has taken part in Turkish army offensives launched since 2016 in northern Syria, mainly against Kurdish fighters.