Turkish troops target Kurdish fighters in northern Syria
Kurdish fighters with the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, advance in the outskirts of Tal Abyad, Syria - AP
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BEIRUT: Syria’s main Kurdish militia and an activist group say Turkish troops fired several shells on a Syrian village near the border, where tensions have soared in recent days.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, says the Sunday night shelling on the border village of Zor Maghar targeted one of their vehicles.

The YPG did not say in its Monday statement whether there were casualties in the shelling.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says four fighters were wounded.

Turkish troops have been targeting the Islamic State group in Syria, as well as Kurdish fighters who are battling the extremists, since Friday.

The YPG says Turkey first shelled the village on Friday. It urges Turkey to “halt this aggression and to follow international guidelines.”

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Turkey’s state-run news agency says police have raided homes in an Ankara neighborhood, detaining at least 15 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group as Turkey presses ahead with a major security sweep.

Since Friday, Turkey has been carrying out airstrikes against IS targets in Syria and Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq. It has also arrested hundreds of people with suspected links to violent extremists.

On Sunday, it called for a meeting of its NATO allies to discuss threats to its security, as well as its airstrikes.

The Anadolu Agency says at least 15 people, including a number of foreign nationals, were detained Monday in an operation in Ankara’s Haci Bayram neighborhood. It did not give details of the foreigners’ home countries.

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