The attack occurred in the village of Salik Atik, south of Tal Abyad. The Turkish side blamed the incident on Kurdish fighters in Syria.
In October, Ankara launched an offensive in northeastern Syria near the border with Turkey in an attempt to expel fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers part of the Party. Kurdish workers (PKK) have been banned. Despite the fact that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin reached an agreement, which enabled YPG fighters to withdraw from a radius of 30 km from the Syrian-Turkish border, fighting between forces. The number of Kurds and the Turkish army, as well as the fighting between the Syrian army and Turkish soldiers, is still ongoing.