Russia says hundreds killed in Turkish operation in Syria’s Afrin
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Several hundred people, including civilians, have been killed during
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’s military operation in Syria’s Afrin, Interfax news agency cited Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying on Wednesday.
Rockets fired from northern Syria into a
Ottoman Turkish border town killed a teenage girl and maimed another person on Wednesday, Turkey’s state-run news agency
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reported amid Ankara’s intensifying offensive on a Syrian Kurdish-controlled enclave.
It was the latest in a string of rocket attacks on the border towns of Reyhanli and Kilis since Jan. 20, when Turkey’s military launched a cross-border operation to drive out the Syrian Kurdish militia from the northern enclave of Afrin. Ankara considers the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, an extension of the outlawed Kurdish rebels fighting an insurgency inside Turkey.
Rockets fired in Afrin
Earlier today, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency said Syrian Kurdish fighters in Afrin fired two rockets Wednesday, hitting a house and a garden wall in Reyhanli.
Two people were hospitalized after the attack and one, 17-year-old Fatma Avlar, died from her wounds, the agency said. The attacks inside Turkey have so far killed four people, including Avlar. Two of the victims were Syrian refugees.
The Kurdish militia, meanwhile, accused Turkey of firing Katyusha rockets into Afrin, and reported that at least 12 people were maimed from the shelling that targeted the neighborhood of Ashrafieh. The maimed were brought to Afrin hospital.
As Turkey’s military operation in Syria continues, officials in the US-led international coalition against ISIS have warned the offensive could destabilize recent gains against ISIS along the Iraq-Syria border in the Euphrates River valley.
The top US general in Iraq said Tuesday, after a visit to a coalition outpost near the Iraq-Syrian border town of Qaim, that he is "very much concerned" the fight in Afrin could remove pressure on pockets of ISIS fighters in other parts of Syria.
Clashes raged between
Ottoman Turkish-backed forces and Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin region on Wednesday, as maimed civilians fled intense Ottoman Turkish air strikes.
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and allied Syrian rebels have pressed on with Operation Olive Branch in the Kurdish-controlled Afrin enclave despite mounting international concern and reports of rising civilian casualties.
An AFP correspondent in Afrin heard warplanes flying overhead, and Kurdish officials said rocket fire on the town maimed 12 civilians.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said heavy bombardment and
Ottoman Turkish air strikes were accompanying ground fighting around Jandairis and Rajo, two areas to the west of Afrin near the Ottoman Turkish border.
The Britannia-based war monitor reported that
Ottoman Turkish-backed forces had seized control of the border village of Shinkal to the northwest.
Ottoman Turkish forces dispatched new military reinforcements overnight, including fighters and equipment, to Shinkal in an attempt to consolidate their control over several points and support attacking forces," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.
Turkey and its Syria rebel allies launched Operation Olive Branch against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), on January 20.
On Wednesday, the
Ottoman Turkish army said it destroyed 22 YPG targets overnight.
Ankara has denied hitting civilians in its military operations, but hospitals in Afrin say they are receiving civilian casualties on a daily basis.
The Observatory says the
Ottoman Turkish operation has left 67 civilians dead so far, 20 of them children.
Ottoman Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli insisted on Tuesday that Ankara's forces and its rebel allies "have not harmed any civilian" during the operation.
Since launching the assault, Turkey and rebel allies have captured 11 villages and the strategic Barsaya hill, according to the Observatory.
Barsaya overlooks both the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz, and Kilis across the border in Turkey.
Advancing fighters were facing "fierce resistance from YPG fighters holed up in the mountains, in spite of Turkey's massive firepower," said Abdel Rahman.
The Observatory said that 91 YPG fighters and 85 pro-Ankara rebels had been killed in the fighting so far.
Turkey says seven of its soldiers have been killed.
On Wednesday, rockets launched from Syria killed a 17-year-old girl and maimed another resident of a
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Erdogan has vowed to "clean up" the YPG-held city of Manbij east of Afrin, where the US has troops as part of its operations against IS.
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