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Kurdish forces kill 14 pro-Turkey fighters in north Syria attack

The attack comes amid infighting between rebel factions loyal to Ankara in north Syria.
RAMI AL SAYED/AFP via Getty Images

As violent clashes among pro-Turkish factions in northern Syria continued, Syrian Kurdish forces launched a surprise attack against faction positions in Aleppo governorate on Monday.

At least 14 fighters from pro-Turkish factions were killed in the attack in the village of Ablah, on the outskirts of al-Bab, while five others were injured, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

In a statement cited by Agence France-Presse, SOHR chief Rami Abdel Rahman said the Afrin Liberation Forces, a group of Kurdish fighters from Afrin, were behind the attack, taking advantage of the infighting among Syrian factions loyal to Ankara.

Opposition media outlets also reported on the attack, saying the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (of which the Afrin Liberation Forces is part) attacked positions affiliated with the Ahrar Olan group in Ablah amid artillery support alleged to come from government forces.

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