Turkey bombs Kurdish town near Syria’s Aleppo, casualties reported

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG [leading SDF member] in Afrin bid farewell to comrades killed during clashes against ISIS. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Afrin – Turkey’s military forces launched on Saturday an offensive on a Kurdish district in Syria’s northwestern Aleppo Governorate, causing casualties among civilians.

The Turkish army hit Afrin District with dozens of mortar and artillery shells.

At least eight Kurdish civilians were killed and 19 others wounded in the attack.

“The Turkish army –stationed on the borderline with Syria– bombed residential buildings in the Mosako town in Afrin,” human rights activist Dilovan Mirkhan told ARA News, adding that the bombardment led to a massive destruction in the area.

“Dead bodies of eight civilian victims were collected subsequent to the attack,” Mirkhan reported. “Many others remained stranded under the rubble.”

In the meantime, local rescue teams continued the search for survivors under the ruins of the destroyed buildings.

The Turkish forces also bombed the Shadiya village in Afrin countryside with heavy artillery, killing at least two civilians and injuring several others, eyewitnesses told ARA News.

Last week, Turkey’s military shelled a People’s Protection Units (YPG) headquarters in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah Governorate. Military sources and local activists reported that the Turkish Army also hit adjacent Kurdish fighting positions in Ain Diwar village, in Derik District. Scores of YPG fighters were wounded in the hour-long bombardment and massive material damage was reported.

“The Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party and its allies are trying to hit the Kurdish forces in Syria in support of Islamic State terrorists,” a Kurdish YPG officer told ARA News.

“We’ll not allow Turkey to continue those violations at the border,” the YPG leadership said in an earlier statement. “We are ready to respond and we’ll do whatever it takes in order to stop this offensive against our people.”

Reporting by: Siman Jiwan and Qehreman Miste | Source: ARA News

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