UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The US military fired at a checkpoint at the entrance to the city of Kamyshly in Syrian Kurdistan, they fired back, said the speaker of the US-led coalition, Colonel Miles Coggins.
“During a patrol in the [city] area of El-Kamyshly and a checkpoint occupied by pro-government forces … the patrol came under fire from unknown persons. Coalition forces responded with fire, “the statement said. He emphasized that the situation is under investigation.
Kurdish portal Rojava Information Center writes that the incident occurred after local residents refused to let an American convoy pass. According to him, as a result of firing by the US forces, several people were injured, one died. After the shootout, an American plane struck at the positions of the Syrian forces, according to the Rojava Information Center and the Turkish agency Anadolu.
Al-Masdar also reported a possible U.S. strike. However, one of his sources suggested that the sound that local activists mistook for the explosion was in fact related to the aircraft breaking the sound barrier.
The situation in northern Syria, in Syrian Kurdistan, exacerbated last fall after the start of the Turkish Source of Peace operation. According to the agreements reached by Russia, Turkey and Syria, the parties agreed on a ceasefire, the withdrawal of Kurdish militias and joint patrolling in the de-escalation zone along the border with Turkey. The Russian military, who participated in the patrol, was also attacked by local residents: for example, in November they threw a Molotov cocktail into one of the patrol cars.
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