Medic from Myanmar killed in shelling in Syria's northeast

Monday 4th November 2019 08:23:48 in English News by Xafiiska Hargeysa
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Medic from Myanmar killed in shelling in Syria's northeast

Shelling by Turkey-backed opposition fighters killed a medic fromMyanmarand wounded another Iraqi member of the humanitarian team on Sunday in northeastSyria, where fighting between Kurdish fighters and Turkey-backed gunmen continued, the humanitarian group said.

David Eubank, a former member of US Army Special Forces and the founder of the Free Burma Rangers, said in a video that the attack occurred about four kilometres (three miles) from the northern town of Tal Tamr near the border with Turkey.

Eubank said the medic, Zau Seng, was hit in the head by shrapnel from a mortar shell that struck nearby as he was filming a video of the fighting.

"He died right away and we brought him here to Tal Tamr," Eubank said in the video, which also showed one of the aid group's armoured vehicles hit by shrapnel.

Eubank added that an Iraqi team member was also wounded in the mortar attack, which he blamed on the "Free Syrian Armyand Turks."

Earlier in the day, Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, tweeted that he "received terrible news" of the death of a medic with the Free Burma Rangers, putting the blame on the Turkish army.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, also reported the death of the medic.

Turkey's defence ministry denied that Turkish troops attacked the aid convoy, saying that the reports "are not true."

The Free Burma Rangers identifies itself as a multiethnic humanitarian group working in Burma, Syria, Iraq and Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Burma is the former name of Myanmar and is still commonly used.

Turkey last month invaded northeast Syria to push out Syrian Kurdish fighters, who it considers "terrorists" for their links to a Kurdish armed uprising inside Turkey.

The Observatory said the fighting on Sunday was concentrated near the town of Zirkan in the northeastern province of Hassakeh, adding that a Turkish drone attacked positions of the Kurdish-led forces in the area.

The Kurdish Hawar news agency said Turkish troops pounded Zirkan with artillery shells amid fierce fighting.

It added that Turkey-backed fighters are trying to cut the M4 highway that links the northern city of Aleppo, Syria's largest, with Hassekeh, adding that the Syrian Kurdish fighters repelled the attacks.

The fighting continued two days after Turkey and Russia launched joint patrols in northeastern Syria, under a deal that halted a Turkish offensive against Syrian-Kurdish fighters who were forced to withdraw from the border area following Ankara's incursion.

Though the truce has mostly held, it has been marred by accusations of violations from both sides and occasional clashes.

Turkish PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdoganhas threatened to resume the offensive if deemed necessary.