The Turkish state-run agency did not say if the fire was from artillery or war planes or which groups were targeted. It said the fire hit targets south of the town of Jarablus, which was taken from theIslamic State (IS) group by Turkish-backed rebels on Wednesday.
Dogan, another Turkish news agency, quoted unnamed military sources as saying one soldier was killed and three more were wounded in a rocket attack on two Turkish tanks near Jarablus later on Saturday.
Pro-Kurdish rebels in Syria had earlier said that they had been the target of Turkish air strikes Saturday morning, which followed shelling by Turkish tanks late on Thursday.
“Turkish jets have this morning bombarded our positions in southern Jarablus and the al-Amarna village,” said the Jarablus Military Council, which is linked to the pro-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dominated by the YPG.
“With this aggression, a new conflict period will begin in the region,” it said.
Witnesses in Karkamis, a Turkish town on the other side of the border from Syria’s Jarablus, saw warplanes flying from Turkish air space early on Saturday into Syria and then heard several blasts. The identity of the planes was not clear.
An AFP correspondent at the border also six Turkish tanks cross into Syria on Saturday morning, bringing to 50 the number of tanks deployed on Syrian territory since the start of Ankara’s offensive.
Rival rebels clash
Also on Saturday, Syrian rebels backed by Turkey clashed with Kurdish-backed rebels in the al-Amana area, sources on both sides said, though they gave conflicting accounts of who was involved.
The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria said pro-Ankara rebels backed by Turkish tanks had advanced on the village, where they clashed with the Jarablus Military Council.
The administration’s media office said the rebels were fighting alongside the Turkish tanks, and Kurdish forces had no role in the fighting.
The leader of the Turkey-backed Sultan Murad group however told Reuters the rebels were battling the Kurdish YPG on the outskirts of al-Amarna, denying any Turkish tanks were involved.
Turkey wants to stop Kurdish forces gaining control of a continuous stretch of territory along its southern border, which Ankara fears could be used to support the Kurdish militant group PKK that is fighting an insurgency on Turkish soil.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AFP)
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