Late on January 1, unidentified drones attacked the Umm Julud crossing near the town of Manbij in the northern Aleppo countryside.
The crossing links Turkish-occupied areas in northern Aleppo with Manbij, which is controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. Traffickers move oil from northeastern Syria to Turkish-occupied areas as well as to the region of Greater Idlib through the crossing.
Opposition sources said the drones hit a fuel market operated by traffickers, right next to the crossing. Loud explosions were heard in the region.
No casualties were reported. However, a video from Umm Julud outskirts suggests that the attack inflicted material losses on the fuel market.
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This was the third such attack on Turkish-occupied areas in northern Aleppo in the last 15 days. On December 20, drones struck an oil storage facility operated by traffickers near the town of Tarhin. On December 29, drones struck an oil smuggling hub in the town of al-Hamran.
According to local sources, the drones used in these attacks are primitive. No group has claimed responsibility for any of the recent attacks yet.
In the past two years, the Syrian Arab Army and the Russian Aerospace Forces launched a series of attacks on oil traffickers in the Turkish-occupied part of northern Aleppo. Nevertheless, there is no evidence suggesting they were behind the recent attacks.
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