Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Turkish military denies bombing hospital in Afrin

Syrian woman recalls YPG  PKK atrocities in Afrin Turkish military denies bombing hospital in Afrin
Glenn Montgomery | 17 March, 2018, 02:11

The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media said troops captured Jisreen on Friday after battles with opposition gunmen.

"If the world does not move, Ghouta will be exterminated", said Siraj Mahmoud, a member of the opposition's Syrian Civil Defense search-and-rescue group.

Syrian government and Russian air strikes have killed at least 46 civilians in a besieged town outside Damascus, while Turkish attacks on a Kurdish-held town in northern Syria left at least 22 dead, officials said.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Friday said the Astana process brings hope to ending the war and bloodshed in Syria.

It released a video showing four lifeless bodies lying on the streets of Afrin.

Oways al-Shami, a spokesman for Syrian Civil Defence, said the airstrike targeted a market and a nearby residential area where scores of people have gathered.

"The medical situation is catastrophic". Roads were closed, he said, and "we can't treat some of the cases here. It's a major challenge to reach the wounded because of the intensity of the airstrikes".

Hundreds of civilians were seen leaving the town to neighbouring villages on Thursday looking for relief.

Many thousands fled the southernmost of the three Ghouta pockets on Thursday, the first mass exodus from the area since the government unleashed one of the deadliest offensives of the war.

A man interviewed on state-affiliated al-Ikhbariya TV said he had gone two days without food.

Linda Tom, a spokeswoman for the United Nations humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) in Syria, added: "Today, hundreds of people in eastern Ghouta reportedly continued to leave".

A Syrian monitoring group says more than 100 civilians have been killed in government, Russian, and Turkish airstrikes and shelling on towns inside Syria.

Other press sources reported 20 civilian deaths, citing Kurdish Syrian forces dominated by PKK's local arm.

Turkey and allied rebels have waged a almost two-month offensive on the Afrin region, which is held by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

Tens of thousands are trapped in the town, which is nearly completely surrounded by Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebel groups after an offensive launched in late January against the People's Protection Units (YPG) Syrian Kurdish militia.

Turkey's military dropped flyers in Arabic and Kurdish on the northern Syrian town of Afrin yesterday morning, asking residents to stay away from "terrorist positions" and urging YPG militiamen to surrender.

Turkish-led forces have almost fully encircled the city of Afrin, with only one road left open for civilians to flee to areas controlled by the Syrian regime or the YPG.

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