Afrin, Aleppo, Syria − On Wednesday, residential neighbourhoods in the Kurdish city of Afrin saw three explosions after being targeted by rockets.
The explosions resulted in the death of dozens of civilians and the destruction of residential buildings in Afrin, sources inside the city said.
The first rocket reportedly fell on a residential building owned by Shiyar Hussein near the Faisal Qaddour primary school in Afrin, resulting in the death of several civilians among them was a a construction worker called Kaniwar, sources told ARA News.
Another rocket targeted the Afrin city center, “resulting in at least ten casualties”, the sources confirmed, adding that a third rocket fell near a residential building that belongs to Sadiq Agha, one of Afrin’s residents, causing four casualties among the Agha family.
Members of the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) were seen surrounding the explosion areas and trying to rescue the wounded. The Afrin area (city and its suburbs) is partially under the control of the YPG, while battalions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the armed Islamic groups control other parts.
Eyewitnesses said that the missile attack against Afrin was most likely launched from the neighbouring villages of Nubbul and Zahra −both are under the control of the pro-Assad army. Observers said that the Syrian regime forces may have carried out the Afrin attack to inflame the ongoing conflict between the Kurdish fighters and the Islamic groups in the area.
However, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) −YPG’s political leadership− accused in an official statement the al-Qaeda affiliated group if the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) for the Wednesday attack, adding that the rockets fired from the ISIS-controlled town of Azaz towards Afrin.
The Kurdish city of Afrin and its suburbs, in northern Aleppo, saw fierce clashes between the YPG and members of the Islamic group of ISIS over the recent weeks, especially in villages of Jinderis and Qustul Jendo.
Report by: Jiwan Afrini
Source: ARA News
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