At least 20 civilians were killed Sunday by Turkish shelling against a town controlled by Kurdish-led groups in northern Syria, a monitor group reported.
Turkish airstrikes and artillery targeted the town of Bir Kousa in the countryside of the city of Jarablus in northern Syria, near the Turkish borders, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The shelling apparently aimed at undermining the Kurdish-led Jarablus Military Council, which fought against the Turkish forces in Jarablus countryside a day earlier, destroying three Turkish tanks.
Turkish special forces as well as Ankara-backed Syrian rebel groups crossed the Turkish borders into Syria last Wednesday.
The campaign marked the first outright military intervention of the Turkish army in the quagmire of the Syrian war.