AFRIN – Syrian Islamist rebels bombed the Kurdish town of Afrin northwest of Aleppo province, local sources reported on Sunday.
Militants of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a former al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria, launched a mortar attack on the Jinderis district in Afrin.
At least nine civilians were killed and dozens more were reportedly injured in the attack.
“Over 20 mortar shells fired by the jihadists of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as Nusra Front, hit residential buildings in the Jinderis area on Sunday evening. Most of the casualties were children and women,” member of the Kurdish defence force of Afrin, Alwan Sulaiman, told ARA News.
The official said that the attack comes after the Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) made new gains against Islamist rebel groups in Aleppo countryside.
In the meantime, local rescue teams continued on Sunday midnight to search for survivors under the ruins of the destroyed buildings in Jinderis district.
“We believe that more civilians are still stranded under the rubble. The rescue teams are still working on finding them,” media activist Dijwar Omar told ARA News.
“Some of the injured are in critical condition. The death toll may rise in the next few hours, as Afrin suffers from an acute shortage of medical supplies,” the source said.
Reporting by: Siman Jiwan
Source: ARA News
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