On December 2, the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries committed a massacre against the forcibly displaced people of Afrin in Tal Rifaat, killing 10 civilians, including 8 children, and injuring 12 others.
In response to the massacre, HRE carried out a series of military operations, targeting the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries, and published a statement to the public opinion.
The statement read:
"We, as HRE, in retaliation for our martyr children who were martyred in the Tal Rifaat massacre during the shelling of the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries, today we carried out a series of operations in Afrin, Azaz and Marea.
On December 3, our forces targeted a military position of the Turkish occupation army in the village of Kobleh of Afrin. As a result, one Turkish soldier was killed and two others were injured, two others were injured and the site was completely destroyed after being targeted by mortars bombs.
On the same day, 3 December, our forces targeted a number of checkpoints where mercenaries were stationed in the vicinity of Izzaz. In the meantime, five mercenaries were killed and one mercenary was injured.
On the same day, our forces carried out a sniper operation against the Turkish occupation army in the town of Marea, during which a mercenary of the occupation was killed.
After the end of the operations carried out by our forces, the Turkish army bombarded the villages of “Sukankah and Akiba of Shirawa, Mirnaaz, Shuragha and Malikiyah belonging to Shara district, in addition to the village of Herbal in al-Shahba district” with shells.
Therefore, we, as HRE, stress that the occupation attacks on civilians will receive a strong response from us.